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1. RE: Help me Choose my Health Insurance
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Posted: Feb-01-10, 01:28 AM (EST)
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Hi Rachel,

Health insurance is a bitter topic for many. Whether you are insured and paying fortunes, or worse, uninsured, everyone is affected by health-care policy.

But there are options, and you can get a plan that meets your needs without draining your pockets. Here are some tips to help you chose the best health insurance plan, as well as some advice on how to get the most out of your plan once you make the right decision.

Research: The best first step when making any big decision is getting informed. There are three main types of health insurance: indemnity plans, HMOs and PPOs. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, so itís important to know the difference between the plans.

Make a list of your priorities: Do you care most about premium charges or customer service? Do you already have doctors that you would like to keep? Does anyone in your family have a chronic illness? Different plans accommodate different needs, so itís crucial to know whatís most important to you in a plan.

Think about locations: Insurance costs vary widely from state to state, so if you live near a state border, are considering moving or work out of state, you could save serious money by looking at all of your options.

Talk to a broker: Insurance brokers can do all the research to find the best plan for you with the best rates. They can also talk you through the whole process and give you expert advice.

Test-drive the plan: Although many people donít know this, many insurance companies will let you try out their plans. If you arenít satisfied after the set period of time, you get your money back. The best way to know if a plan is right for you is to try it, so this is a great opportunity, but do make sure to check the fine print, as the refund time periods usually range from one to six weeks.

Consider a health savings account: If you donít foresee using your health insurance more than a few times a year, perhaps just for a yearly checkup and a sick visit, this option could save you lots of money. The account goes with an insurance policy with low premiums. The money you save on the premiums gets set aside and grows tax-deferred. You can spend this money on any unanticipated medical costs, and when you turn 65, the money is yours to spend as you wish.

Thanks,
Corwin.




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1. RE: Help me Choose my Health Insurance
CorwinBrown  
Posted: Feb-01-10, 01:28 AM (EST)
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Hi Rachel,

Health insurance is a bitter topic for many. Whether you are insured and paying fortunes, or worse, uninsured, everyone is affected by health-care policy.

But there are options, and you can get a plan that meets your needs without draining your pockets. Here are some tips to help you chose the best health insurance plan, as well as some advice on how to get the most out of your plan once you make the right decision.

Research: The best first step when making any big decision is getting informed. There are three main types of health insurance: indemnity plans, HMOs and PPOs. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, so itís important to know the difference between the plans.

Make a list of your priorities: Do you care most about premium charges or customer service? Do you already have doctors that you would like to keep? Does anyone in your family have a chronic illness? Different plans accommodate different needs, so itís crucial to know whatís most important to you in a plan.

Think about locations: Insurance costs vary widely from state to state, so if you live near a state border, are considering moving or work out of state, you could save serious money by looking at all of your options.

Talk to a broker: Insurance brokers can do all the research to find the best plan for you with the best rates. They can also talk you through the whole process and give you expert advice.

Test-drive the plan: Although many people donít know this, many insurance companies will let you try out their plans. If you arenít satisfied after the set period of time, you get your money back. The best way to know if a plan is right for you is to try it, so this is a great opportunity, but do make sure to check the fine print, as the refund time periods usually range from one to six weeks.

Consider a health savings account: If you donít foresee using your health insurance more than a few times a year, perhaps just for a yearly checkup and a sick visit, this option could save you lots of money. The account goes with an insurance policy with low premiums. The money you save on the premiums gets set aside and grows tax-deferred. You can spend this money on any unanticipated medical costs, and when you turn 65, the money is yours to spend as you wish.

Thanks,
Corwin.




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