A good health insurance plan—one that covers every potential need—goes a long way toward providing peace of mind and helping avoid a financial burden that otherwise would saddle you and your family with payment of major medical expenses. Ideally, you should have a more comprehensive plan that provides coverage for hospital, surgical or routine medical expenses. But, at minimum, your health insurance policy should cover major medical expenses resulting from catastrophic illness or injury.
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Many Americans secure health insurance through their employer; others are not so lucky. But even if you have a primary policy, be aware that group benefit plans do not always provide all the coverage for your needs. You may want supplemental insurance or a health savings account (HSA) to help fill the gaps.
For those purchasing their own primary or secondary health insurance policy, the options can seem confusing and expensive. So, how do you know if your health plan is a good fit for you? Here are some tips:
Evaluate your family’s needs. Consider your family’s lifestyle and medical history, and try to anticipate life-stage health events, such as braces for your pre-teen and glasses for your self. Wife turning 40? That means mammograms every year.
Prioritize those needs. For example, vision care may be a good benefit for your family, but not as essential as a prescription-drug plan. List your must-haves as well as your nice-to-haves.
Review plan options. For each plan you are considering, ask about key coverage provisions: Does the policy cover major medical expenses only? If your family needs preventive, dental and vision care, does the plan provide them? Does it include a prescription drug plan? Do any of these must-haves need to be purchased separately? Are your current doctors in the plan? Does a family member have a pre-existing condition and will the plan cover it?
Determine your costs. Premiums are not the only costs you should consider when looking at a health insurance plan. Take into account the expenses you may have to assume beyond paying the premium, such as deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments. Are there added costs for using an out-of-plan doctor or hospital? Consider increasing your deductible for a lower monthly premium.
With so many options and pitfalls to consider, talk with us to ensure you are securing the most appropriate coverage for you and your family. Fogle Insurance Group has several insurance companies that write individual health insurance policies. We’ll find the perfect fit for you.