Do not approach health insurance with fear. It is true the field is complex and your options are many, but the more you learn, the safer you will feel. Health insurance is similar to healthcare itself. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. By making smart choices when you select health insurance, you can avoid difficulties in the future.
If you have just graduated from college and want health insurance, consider these options. If you have a job, you can use their employee-based insurance. If you are younger than 26, you can remain covered under your parents’ insurance plan, or you can look into personal insurance plans too.
Figure out what your needs are before open enrollment is offered. Perhaps your situation has changed and your policy is no longer adequate. Open enrollment allows you time to change vision and dental insurance if your employer provides these options.
Vision insurance is a good thing to have if you already have vision problems, or if there are vision problems 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.
You should expect that your insurance will have stipulations and loopholes. Read your policy thoroughly, so you will not be taken aback when you are told that your insurance does not cover something. You need to be ready to pay for things on your own that are not covered. Some medications and procedures are not always fully covered by insurance.
Make sure you choose a plan that covers any medications you currently take, as well as the basics, like antibiotics. The list of prescriptions covered changes every year, so read it over each time you renew your policy to see what is and isn’t covered.
If you do not visit the doctor often, it would be wise for you to open your own Health Savings Account (HSA). Take some of the funds that you would otherwise spend on an insurance premium and put it into your HSA. This way, you always have health care funds should you need them, but you aren’t locked into an insurance contract.
Pay attention to your bills. Even when covered by a full-fledged medical plan, the bills that pop up can catch you off guard, especially in regards to prescriptions. Some physicians just write out prescriptions without taking into account the generic version related to the medication. Also make sure that you shop around. Generic medications are often less expensive, but different pharmacies may charge different amounts.
You do not want to be in the middle of an illness or catastrophic accident and discover that the health policy you have in insufficient for your needs. It’s best to learn all you can about your insurance and the options you have before you need to use it. You may find out that you have poor health insurance, but that is something that you can rectify at any time!