If it’s your first time looking for individual health insurance policy, I’d like to tell you that I know it can be a difficult and confusing task. I was put into a situation a few years ago where I left my job to become self employed.
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Many people know that any group insurance policy’s benefits can be extended through COBRA coverage, but this only lasts for a year and a half. In addition to that, you’ll end up paying the full price of your group insurance policy, which will usually at least double the cost. This isn’t a practical option for most people out there.
I eventually decided that I’d need to find something as far as individual plans go, so I started looking around. I contacted a local agent to see if he had anything available, but the options seemed rigid and didn’t exactly give me what I needed.
I realized that I’d be much better off shopping around for some coverage online, since there was a much bigger selection of potential plans.
After having shopped for many of potential policies, I’d like to give you three tips that I know you should avoid. I almost made the mistake of getting policies without these things, and if it wasn’t for a knowledgeable friend, I wouldn’t have seen the fine print.
First of all, you’ll want to make sure that any pre-existing conditions will be covered if you take medications for them. Sometimes you might have to pay a higher premium, but it’s better than having no coverage for those things at all.
Most policies will be PPO plans, and you should definitely make sure that any doctor or specialist that you want to see is a member of the network.
Lastly, make sure that you’re covered out of state should anything come up. The last thing you want is a huge medical bill for something that happened while you were traveling.