Cheapest health insurance for families

Families today seem to be searching for the least expensive alternatives to many of life’s necessities. Of course, health insurance is at the very top of the necessity list. Families, particularly those with children, need health insurance to provide proper medical coverage for all family members. Given the outrageous increases in things such as groceries and gasoline, affordable health insurance coverage is getting harder and harder to find. You should keep in mind that the cost of your monthly premiums is not the only factor that you need to consider when you are searching for the cheapest health insurance for families. Consider that even if you are getting a ridiculously low rate on your premiums, the extras that you have to pay may far outweigh the savings. There are other factors that you need to consider when choosing the best health insurance coverage for your family.

The best way by far to find the best and lowest costing insurance is to get multiple quotes from various insurance companies and compare them. Be certain that you check out a wide variety of options such as PPO and HMO plans. Take a look at higher deductibles as opposed to paying higher premium rates and check into plans that include expense sharing groups for medical needs. If your employer offers health insurance benefits, you should begin there. Most group insurance through employment offer a much lower premium and more services than you can get on your own. See if your company offers an HSA or Health Savings Account where you can make regular contributions.

You will need to sit down and determine exactly what your family needs in terms of medical expense coverage. For instance, those with younger children will likely need coverage that includes immunizations and healthy child checkups. If no one in your family visits the doctor on a regular basis or there are no underlying health concerns for any of your family members, then a policy that covers yearly physicals and exams would be a good choice. You can likely get a policy of this type for much lower than one that covers multiple physician visits each year. If you or someone in your family has recurring medical issues and/or take multiple prescriptions, you need a more comprehensive plan to save money on your premiums. Be sure that you make note of all of your needs regarding emergency services, prescriptions and routine visits to your physician.

Next you will need to estimate what you would spend under each of the health insurance plans that you are comparing. Make a list for each policy/company including the price of the insurance premiums, deductible, expenses that you will need to pay on your own and anything else that is not covered in that specific policy. Once you have determined this information for each policy or company, you have the figures that you will need to choose the plan that will save you the most out-of-pocket money. This should give you the absolute least expensive plan for your family.

You should keep in mind that if you are pregnant or have small children in your home and you simply cannot afford the cost of medical insurance, you may qualify for state funded medical coverage. You can visit your county’s Department of Human Services either online or in person to determine whether you and your family are eligible for this coverage.

Other things that you can do to help offset the costs of medical services include starting a savings account. Use this account only for medical needs. You do not have to put thousands or even hundreds of dollars in this account on a regular basis. Just put away as much as you can afford and leave the account intact for those medical emergencies that may present themselves. Finally, never assume that the cheapest plan is the best plan for your family. Again, it all comes down to comparing plans and companies. Pay strict attention to the out-of-pocket expenses and deductibles for each plan that you are considering and base your decision on the total monetary figure after all of these expenses have been added in.

Last updated on May 17th, 2010 and filed under Health Insurance. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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