Tips to Help You Find the Right Plan For You

Comparing health insurance online is one of the most convenient ways to find the right plan, and right price, for your situation. So what should you look for? Here are some tips.

Health insurance plans vary from state to state and region to region. They also vary in the types of copayments, deductibles, coverages and exclusions. This may seem confusing, but fortunately you can easily find the plans for your region at an online comparison Web site.

Some of the things you’ll want to look at with each plan are:

Deductibles — The amount you have to pay before the insurance starts paying can be different depending on the plan. Typically, plans with higher deductibles have a lower premium. HMO type plans often have no deductible, just a copay amount.

Copayments — What will you be responsible for each time you visit a provider? This could be a set amount, or a percentage depending on the plan.

Coverages — Look at the coverages to make sure the plan covers your needs. Do you need prescription drugs or prenatal care? You want to make sure you’re getting the right insurance for your situation without paying for coverages you don’t need.

Exclusions — Just as important as what’s covered by the plan, is what is not. Especially look at how pre-existing conditions are treated if this is a concern for you.

Although there may be dozens of plans in your area to compare, you can simplify the process by deciding upfront the general type of plan you prefer. For example, if it’s important that you have the freedom to choose a physician you’ll want to stay away from plans that require you to use health care providers in the plan network in order to get coverage.

Or, maybe you only want to protect yourself from high-cost care such as hospitalization. Then you may want to look at high-deductible plans only. Or if you’re a college student, check out the student health plans first.