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.
Open enrollment is a time for you to assess your health care needs. Your current coverage may no longer be adequate if your health conditions have changed or if you need coverage for a new family member. Remember to make any necessary adjustments to your vision and dental plans during open enrollment as well.
Look at your prescription coverage every year. It is common for insurance providers to change the rules from year to year with little warning, so refrain from enrolling for another year until you read the newest policy. Pay careful attention, in particular, to changes in your prescription drug program. If you have daily medications that your current insurance stops covering, find a new provider.
Look to catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive coverage if you are looking for cost savings on your insurance. The lesser coverage only covers hospital visits or emergency care, but it will save you money.
If you are contacted by an insurance carrier in conjunction with your application, do not give information for which they did not ask. Give them only the information they directly request, nothing more. Anytime that you provide the insurance company with information, they can use it to increase your overall bill, and in some cases they could even deny you coverage.
Don’t wait until you’re sick to find out what your health insurance covers. Prepare yourself and learn all you can about insurance and your options. Not having an ironclad policy is simply a bad choice. Luckily, it is a choice that can be easily corrected.