How Do I Choose Health Insurance?

How Do I Choose Health Insurance?Choosing a health insurance policy can be a daunting task.  Looking at all of the options for coverage can be overwhelming and oftentimes, frustrating. However, purchasing a policy may be one of the most important decisions a person can make. If an individual gets sick, injured, or needs medical attention, having health insurance can save them thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands, of dollars. By speaking with a trusted independent health insurance agent, people can be sure that they are purchasing a policy that is right for them, and their family members, with coverage that can help keep their bank account intact.

Co-pays, prescription drugs fees, and other out-of-pocket costs can add up, and these days, healthcare bills seem to arise all of the time.  This makes it more important than ever for policyholders to understand the terms and limitations of their health insurance policy. An independent insurance agent is familiar with plans from various insurance providers that are available in the area, and can guide people through the process of selecting health insurance that is right for them, and understanding the coverage they are purchasing.

One of the first steps in choosing a health insurance policy is to assess a person’s current health insurance policy, if they have one, along with their medical needs.  Even if someone is uninsured, it is important that they assess where they stand to accurately determine the kinds of health insurance coverage they need presently, or may require in the future.  As a next step, after narrowing down the options for coverage, people should make sure that they understand the terms of their existing or new health insurance policy, including terms concerning deductibles, co-pays, and lifetime caps, among others.

Another important step is for people to know the amount they are expected to pay out-of-pocket under a certain policy’s terms.  Payments might be required for prescription drugs, co-pays for office visits, and coinsurance. Also, they should know that coverage might need to be adjusted depending on an insured’s dependents, since children and adults under the age of 26 are legally permitted to be included on their parents’ health insurance policy if they do not have their own coverage.  An independent insurance agent can discuss these and other considerations, and explain how, legally, insurance providers cannot exclude children under the age of 19 from being covered due to a pre-existing condition, along with other laws and regulations in a particular state.

Perhaps one of the best steps that people can take is to thoroughly evaluate their medical needs based on the wide array of health insurance policies available from different insurance companies. Coverage needs vary based on a person’s health conditions, age, environment, occupation, and genetics, among other factors, and discussing these with a professional independent health insurance agent can help make the task of buying a health insurance policy easier.

When choosing health insurance, taking these steps can help people understand their priorities when purchasing coverage.  An experienced independent insurance agent will assist with these foundational aspects of deciding on a policy to make sure that a person is fully aware of what they are buying, whether purchasing individual health insurance, or coverage for their family.

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While the majority of people want an agent involved in their purchase of insurance, many people want to see if they can save money by buying direct from the insurance company. Others want to try a direct quote to make sure the premium they’re now paying through their local agent is fair. If you want a quote for your coverage, click on the competitive quote button on the right side of this page.

Jim operates an insurance agent network called Insurance Partners, aggregating agents in the Midwest for over 25 years. He was National Agent of the Year for Metropolitan in 1993 and Midwest Agent of the Year for Travelers in 2011. He served as a founding board member of the Surplus Lines Association of Minnesota.

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