Aug
20
2019

Be Careful When Shopping For Health Insurance Online

Without a doubt the Internet has made life much easier for consumers, especially when trying to obtain the best deals when shopping for health insurance online. The ease of use and the ability to quickly compare the offers from competing health insurance providers makes it almost to fast and hassle free to purchase health insurance online. However, there are some important facts, questions and answers you or any consumer searching for an online health insurance provider should research before quickly making a decision that could lock you into a health insurance policy that may not be right for you.

Health insurance like most other insurance products and services contains a variety or jargon and terms that you should become intimately familiar with prior to signing up for a policy or health insurance plan that you may have found online. Most, in fact almost all, health insurance companies will require you to partake in a physical before they consider underwriting you for a policy. Basically, this underwriting process consists of your taking a physical, which the insurance company then verifies against the information you filled out on their application for accuracy. The reason for this full disclosure is so that the health insurance provider can determine the rate or premium they will charge you for your health insurance coverage and it’s also for your protection so that the insurance company cannot refuse you treatment for a condition at a later time. In some minor cases when obtaining health insurance online you may not have your information verified against the actual physical.

As mentioned above, when searching for health insurance online there is a chance that some insurance providers will not do their due diligence in the beginning (comparing your physical to your completed application or questionnaire) and will instead play the odds that you won’t get sick, injured or suffer some other health catastrophe. In the event that you do get ill and need their services they will then scrutinize your records with the hopes of finding a reason not to pay your health insurance related claims. If for some reason they find what they consider a valid discrepancy they may then attempt to not pay your claim or cancel your health insurance completely. Remember, this is not all insurance companies just a extremely small percentage that may do this practice or tactic to strong arm you into not receiving your proper health insurance coverage.

When shopping and comparing health insurance online make sure any application you fill out contains full disclosure and a complete and accurate assessment by you regarding your health otherwise you may find a future health related claim denied. When filling out your health insurance online application always list every illness, broken bone, accident, operation, medication you have taken and any other ailment you may have suffered from during your life. Failure to do so could nullify your insurance policy should you ever need to make a claim against it.

In some cases the health insurance agent for the company or provider you are considering will fill out the health insurance application for you. In the event he or she does this you must make sure and double check it for accuracy. Remember agents get paid based on the business they provide to the insurance company so always make sure no shortcuts were taken to get you initially covered by the health provider. If your future claims get denied due to an error on your initial application it doesn’t really phase the insurance agent hat helped you in the beginning.

Finally, after you’re approved make sure you double check your health insurance online application for any errors that may have occurred during and after the insurance company accepts your paperwork. The difference between a no and yes answer could prove costly in the future should you ever need to file a health related claim against your health insurance provider.

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Aug
13
2019

Health Insurance – Tips to Help You Choose the Right Policy

Choosing the best health insurance plan involves the following:

Finding the health insurance plan with the lowest cost (but only with respect to the other two criteria)
Finding the health insurance plan with a network that meets your needs
Finding the health insurance plan with coverage that meets your needs

Choosing the right health insurance policy involves finding the lowest price amongst the policies that meet your needs as to network and coverage. Choosing the lowest price is of course very easy. Determining whether the health insurance plan’s network of doctors meets your needs is only a little more difficult. Choosing a health insurance policy that covers you well can be complex. Most of this article focuses on this area. I’ve been a health insurance agent since 1985 and have helped many families find affordable health insurance. You can find out more about me by visiting 1800insuranceCT.com. These are the strategies that I use when helping a family find good medical coverage in my home state of Connecticut. To help find out what health insurance plans are available and approved in your area, I’ve put together a list of Insurance Departments for each state.

Choosing the Health Insurance Plan with the Right Network

Most companies have websites that will list the doctors and hospitals that participate in their plan. All that I’m aware of will have a printed list that they can mail to you. The right plan will have your doctor on their list or at least doctors who serve your home area. If you travel it is important to find a plan that covers you well in other geographic areas as well.

Choosing the Health Insurance Plan with the best coverage

Health insurance contracts may be the most complex of the insurance policies purchased by the average family. Understanding how your health insurance policy will pay for your medical bills can be difficult. Fortunately most of the brochures and outlines of coverage that you may receive from a health insurance provider will have a similar structure.

They will have sections similar to the following: What is Covered? Health Plan Exclusions and Limitations What is Covered?

This section will detail what medical procedures your health insurance policy will cover. The policy should have a phrase like “reasonable and customary” or “usual, reasonable and customary” or something similar when describing how much they will cover.

Watch out for health insurance policies with:

Dollar amount limits for each procedure

A long list of procedures that the health insurance policy will cover Better health insurance policies will not list dollar amounts for each procedure. They will pay using a formula that is based on what other doctors or medical providers will charge you in the same geographic area. A phrase like “usual and customary” indicates that they use such a formula. The cost of medical care rises so quickly that a dollar amount that seems impressive today may not fully reimburse you even a year from now.

Solid health Insurance policies will not have a long list of procedures that they will cover listed on the policy. The long list seems impressive because the list takes up a lot of space. Look at the statements below. It should be easy to choose between one and two.

“Our health insurance policy will cover you for everything except for expenses caused by self-inflicted injuries and substance abuse.” (“I’ve been to every state in the union except Alaska.”)
“Our health insurance policy will cover your nose, your ears, your toes, your hands, your right lung, your calf and your knee” (“I’ve been to New York, Connecticut, Nebraska, Washington DC and Vermont”)

Health Plan Exclusions and Limitations This section will tell you what is excluded. Typically elective surgery will not be covered. Also experimental procedures and expenses caused by self-inflicted injuries will not be covered. You should understand each of these exclusions and limitations before you commit to a policy. Most policies will not include maternity insurance, so if you want to get pregnant, make sure that you know how your policy will cover maternity expenses. Unfortunately, maternity insurance is not available in many states except as part of a group insurance plan. To summarize:

* Determine what health insurance plans will cover you in your area

* Determine which health insurance plans offer adequate coverage

*Choose the plans that offers the best value based on price and coverage

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