Low deductible health insurance plans were once very popular, offering low out-of-pocket expenses in the event of a major medical claim or an emergency. Low deductible health insurance plans still exist, but the trend now is to buy high deductible plans instead.
There are a number of ways to buy a high deductible health insurance plan, with the most common way being to buy a Health Savings Account (HAS). Customers with families are able to save several hundred dollars per month by opting to buy a Health Savings Account plan. HSAs offer one deductible for the family with no co-insurance and once the deductible is met, those on the plan are 100 percent covered.
Many people have difficulty with HSAs and are not able to utilize the full benefits offered. Often, many people do not invest their savings into the account. Regularly adding money the account means the funds in it are tax deductible and any interest earned is tax deferred. HASs are a good investment in you and your health. Perhaps the biggest benefits for account holders is their account can pay for any medical bills. Additionally any funds left over will roll over each year.
When buying a high deductible health insurance plan it is best to add supplemental benefits. In fact the two most often bought plans are the Accidental and Critical Illness plans. Having extra coverage is a smart thing to do as roughly 59 percent of all medical claims filed are for critical illnesses and approximately 19 percent are filed as a result of an accident. It is also important to remember that a health savings account plan covers all wellness exams 100 percent. Wellness exams include immunizations, pap smears, PSA exams, mammograms and colonoscopies.
With the current administration the health insurance marketplace is in flux, if you take the time to research your options, you will find plans that suit your lifestyle and budget.