By Kay Lowe
Thursday, September 22, 2011
How To Save on Health Insurance
By Kay Lowe
By Kay Lowe
With health care costs soaring through the roof, the cost of health insurance premiums are increasing as well. Health insurance is a necessity, however, when you consider the costs of one visit to the emergency room, surgery to set a broken bone, scans, lab and other costs. When your budget is limited, how can you keep the costs of your health insurance premiums down? There are several steps you can take to reduce your health insurance costs and still maintain adequate medical coverage when you need it.
First step is to consider what health insurance options you have. Does your employer offer a group medical benefit? Many employers (and/or labor unions) offer health benefits to full-time employees. Group health insurance is usually the cheapest way to get medical coverage; an employer can negotiate with health insurance companies to get a group health plan at cheaper rates. In addition, many employers will pay part of the premium, reducing your health insurance cost even further. Another consideration is whether your spouse has health coverage available through their employer? If so, compare your health benefits plan to that of your spouse, and decide which health plan is the better buy. It may be possible to have one spouse carry family health insurance coverage and the other drop their health benefits. Many employers have multiple health insurance options, so review these plans as well. Choose the health plan that best meets your needs at the cheapest rate.
If no health insurance coverage is available through your employer, there are other ways to obtain health insurance coverage. Individual and family private health insurance policies are available. Shop and compare benefits and premiums from each health insurance plan. If you and your family are generally healthy, the new Health Savings Account (HSA) may be worth consideration. The HSA is an account that allows you to save tax-free dollars for your medical/health expenses. Similar to an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you are limited in the amount that you are allowed to contribute each year; however, with the HSA, withdrawals for health expenses are not penalized, and no tax is paid on the withdrawal. When paired with a health insurance policy that has high deductibles and low rates, the HSA may be ideal for you. Save money in the HSA for deductibles and co-pays, and you're set.
For those over 65 or permanently disabled, Medicare is available through the federal government. The original Medicare is an 80/20 plan (they pay 80% of eligible expenses and the insured pays 20%) with an annual deductible and a monthly premium. Supplemental health plans are available to cover this deductible and co-pay. These supplemental health plans are usually private and the insured pays a premium. In addition to the original Medicare plan, there are Medicare HMOs. In these Medicare HMO health plans, the Medicare premium is paid to an HMO to provide benefits to the insured. HMO plans are more restrictive in that patients must get care through a network provider, but often these plans cover more prescription drugs and preventive care than original Medicare does.
Recently some employers have offered lower premiums to employees who do not smoke cigarettes. This is currently a controversial topic for some, but it certainly may begin a trend. In the future, employers and their health insurance providers could offer reduced premiums for employees who maintain normal weight, exercise regularly, and receive certain wellness benefits. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle lowers the risk to the health insurance company that they will be paying big bucks in health care down the road. And health insurance, as any other insurance, is all about risk.
Bottom line: going without health insurance coverage is a big risk for you. Find health coverage that you can afford just in case Murphy comes knocking at your door!
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Kay_Lowe
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/157302
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Have Cheap Car Insurance
The importance of insuring your car is something that you just can't take for granted. Aside from it being required by law, insuring your car should be there among the top priorities in your finances. Just as you spent for buying a car, you should also be spending for your vehicle's insurance.
But before getting that vehicle insurance policy, it would be best to visit various websites that specifically cater to this concern. The internet will show many car insurance sites and from there you can choose the one that suits your budget. It has also been the practice of a lot of auto insurance companies to give you a 10 percent discount or more if you purchase your policy online.
While it is true that auto insurance costs you a lot of money, however, there are car insurance companies that offer lower insurance costs. There are also those that cater to a certain category of motorists, like if you belong to the "safe" drivers just plying the office to home in the suburbs and have never been involved in any road accident.
It is also crucial if as a motorist you know which of the existing policies to want to avail from a car insurance company. If you are the type who can go for a comprehensive car insurance coverage, then be prepared to set aside funds for add-on services on top of the regular insurance policy.
Also, take important note of the "no claims discounts." This feature will do you more than harm in the future as your automobile insurance policy discount is bound to increase each year when no claim has been made by you. Just imagine the savings you could make when you're extra careful on the road and don't involve yourself in vehicular mishap of any form.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Anjo_Bacarisas
- ► 2012 (7)
- ▼ 2011 (2)
- ► 2010 (5)
- ► 2009 (14)