The cost of health insurance is high due to the rising cost of medical services. So how do you get affordable health insurance? Colorado agents may or may not help you get the best price depending on their primary interests. So, here are things to do to ensure you get the best rates...
1) Understand available health plans. Take note, I did not say you should know the health plans available. You must read about what each plan offers and its drawbacks. A really important area to understand is the "exclusions" section. These are areas that the plan doesn't provide coverage for. You surely don't want to find that out for the first time when you need help.
2) Know what's best for you given your present circumstance. My position on health insurance (and indeed any insurance policy) is that getting too much coverage is too expensive as well as getting too little. The later being the more expensive.
If you get much more coverage than you need or pick a plan that you could really do very well without, then it will cost you in higher premiums. That's all you pay in this case. However, if you get a plan that does not give you adequate coverage, you may lose much more than money unless you're a very rich person.
3) Do comparison shopping. Thanks to the internet, you can now get quotes from as many insurance companies as you really care for from the comfort of your bedroom. Visit at least three of these sites for the best results. Doing this makes you get offers not present on any of the other sites. The more the companies you get quote from the wider your basis for comparison and, consequently, the higher your chances of saving more.
And, make sure you input the same information in each of them. Altering your details from site to site renders the whole exercise useless. This is because you can't compare quotes that are based on different details.
Do this well and you'll get affordable health insurance (Colorado insurance providers are covered by many reputable insurance brokers' quotes sites.
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Misconception #1: Co-insurance: Co-Insurance levels should be given careful analysis when buying insurance. A health insurance plan premium with an 80/20 or 20% co-insurance level is much higher typically than is a 50/50 or a 50% plan. Co-insurance or shared costs between the insured and the insurance company normally have stop losses or Maximum Out-Of-Pocket amounts to protect you against a catastrophic event. Make sure there is, and you know what the stop loss is on the plan you are looking at. Let's further examine and break down co-insurance.
Example: Health insurance plan A has a $2,000 deductible and is an 80/20 plan. (Meaning you co-insure 20% after your deductible of $2,000) Let's say your stop loss (maximum out of pocket) is $3,000, (which means you're total out of pocket would be $5,000 on this plan and the plan costs $380 per month for a family of 5.
On the other hand health insurance plan B has a $5,000 deductible but is a 100% plan. (Meaning you have no co-insurance after your deductible of $5,000) Your stop loss (maximum out of pocket) is zero after your deductible and this plan costs you $290 per month.
Both plans have 100% coverage after your stop loss, (maximum out of pocket) has been met.
Your stop loss (maximum out of pocket) for plan A would be $5,000 per year. ($2,000 deductible + $3,000 co-insurance).
Your stop loss (maximum out of pocket) for the plan B would be $5,000 per year as well. ($5,000 deductible + $0 co-insurance).
Your total risk "potential loss" or exposure would be $5,000 in any given year on either plan.
So in this example, on plan A you would be paying an extra $1,080 per year for the exact same out of pocket catastrophic exposure compared to plan B.
Wouldn't it make more sense financially to select plan B as opposed to plan A? When it comes to choosing a health plan these are the things most people overlook, or fail to understand. When you choose Colorado Health Solutions to represent you, we will inform and educate you of these types of things to make sure you select the right plan at a price you can afford.
Misconception #2: Deductibles: Health insurance companies will charge you a "fool's premium" for a very low deductible. By "fool's premium" we mean that to lower your deductible from say $2,000 to $500, they will charge you an additional $2,880 a year. So unless you manage to have a catastrophic event in the first 6 months of your plan, you will always be the loser. Look carefully at the cost for different deductibles and ask yourself a couple questions:
1) How much does it cost for the next lowest and the next highest deductible?
2) How many months will it take before you have lost the advantage of the lower deductible by paying the difference in premiums?
Of course you could wind up in the hospital next month and call me up with an "I told you so". However, 99% of you will never reach your deductible. There is normally a trade off between costs and benefits and typically it's represented graphically by a curve of "diminishing returns".
Misconception #3: Co-pays: A $20 doctor office co-pay is much more expensive than a $40 doctor office co-pay! How you ask? Let's take a closer look.
Let's assume that the premium associated with a $20 co-pay is an additional $174 per month in premium for a family of 4 when compared to a $40 co-pay. (This is a real scenario)
In this scenario you would be paying an additional premium of $174 per month ($2,088 per year) to protect yourself against a "potential loss" or exposure of $20 each time you visited the doctor's office. To come out even with the $20 co-pay you'd have to visit the doctor about 105 times a year to come out even! Don't pay a "fools premium" for benefits that are offset by increased premiums. It pays to do a little math when looking at cost versus benefits when purchasing health insurance. Again we can help you decipher this and choose the right plan.
We hope this will help you now or sometime in the future, what I tell my clients is this...You already pay enough for your health insurance, don't pay more than you have to!
Health insurance carriers are coming out with new more affordable plans all the time, how will you know if one is right for you? Would your agent call you if there was one better suited for your needs? Most likely not! Most agents/brokers will only talk to you if there is something in it for them! We here at Colorado Health Solutions have a completely different attitude and approach, if there is something that becomes available best suited for you and your family we will let you know!
There has been a new major medical plan that was just released that is on average 20-40% less than many of the other carriers. If you'd like to get a quote on this plan to either get health insurance or lower your premiums just visit our website today, we'd be happy to help. Again, don't pay more than you have to when it comes to your health insurance!
Your Colorado Health Solutions Team
Kris Willy is an independent insurance broker who specializes in health insurance for individuals, families and the self employed. If you are looking for a quote please click the web link below!
Kris Willy Health Insurance Guru Colorado Health Solutions 720-920-9697 Office http://www.ColoradoHealthSolutions.com Kris@coloradohealthsolutions.com
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