Some may believe health insurance is only for old or rich people. No one ever plans to become ill, but it does unfortunately happen, so it is important that you are covered. Having health coverage is really a good thing to do, as the following paragraphs will illustrate.
Do your research and calculate your costs if you are thinking about purchasing individual health insurance. Add up the total costs, not just the premium, because co-pays and deductible costs will add up pretty quickly.
Take advantage of an employee wellness program, if offered, and save money on health insurance. A number of employers offer incentives to those employees who have their lifestyle and health assessed. If you qualify, you may be able to save some cash on your premiums by participating in programs that can save your employer money.
Vision insurance makess sense for you and your family, especially if anyone already has issues with vision, or eye problems run in your family. Vision insurance can cover a majority of your checkup costs as well as the costs of any frames, lenses or contacts you may need. This kind of coverage is not mandatory, and those that purchase it, but do not need it, may wind up spending more money than those who don’t get it.
Look at your prescription coverage every year. Prescription coverage is subject to change in most insurance policies. You should double-check all terms so you don’t get surprised after you’ve renewed your coverage. If a regular medication has been dropped and a substitute isn’t acceptable, you may need to find a policy with a different company.
Health insurance policies often have loopholes or exemptions in them. You need to thoroughly read your policy, so that you understand what it says and are not caught off guard if they say they will not cover something. Resign yourself to the fact that certain procedures or medications will not be covered if that is the case.
Check your insurance coverage periodically to determine which medicines are paid for by your plan, and which ones are not. The list of covered items is called a formulary in the insurance world and this list changes every year. Some new items will be covered, and some older ones may go away so reviewing every year is important. If you find that a previous prescription is no longer covered, talk to your doctor about switching to one that is.
It’s cheaper for the company you work for to get group health insurance than it is for you to purchase your own, so your premiums through your employer’s plan will be cheaper, even if your coverage is the same. You can avoid higher costs by joining a trade organization who offers members insurance.
Watch your bills. Even with health insurance you will get bills that you did not expect. Prescription medications especially can add up to a significant expense that you may not have factored in to your out-of-pocket costs. Generic versions of medications are often ignored by doctors writing prescriptions. If you can use different pharmacies, do some research to find out which one has the best prices. Some generic medications cost less at different pharmacies.
With any luck, this article should have made you think more about health insurance. Having health insurance can be a matter of life and death, but by the time you realize it, it may be too late. It is far better to be prepared than to face these issues in an emergency. Your insurance premiums may seem expensive, but a trip to the hospital can cost you a fortune.