Medical bills are responsible for more than half of the personal bankruptcies in the U.S., and that number is climbing. If you don’t have health insurance you risk losing everything you own. Here’s how to get affordable family health insurance quotes so you won’t face that situation.
Government Sponsored Programs
There are a number of no-cost and low-cost government programs you may be eligible for. These include:
Federal programs – Medicaid is a federally funded health insurance program that provides health care for low-income adults and families, pregnant women, elderly adults, people who are disabled, and people who care for a disabled family member. For more information on Medicare, visit the Medicare website at medicare.gov.
State programs – Every state has a number of health care programs for low income adults, families, and children. For instance, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is available to families who cannot afford to pay for insurance for their children but who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. For more information about state-sponsored programs and to see if you qualify for any of their programs, visit your state’s department of health services or department of human services.
If you don’t qualify for a government sponsored health care program your other option is a private health care plan. These plans fall under two categories:
Indemnity plans (also known as fee-for-service plans) – These plans charge you a monthly premium and cover your doctor visits, prescription drug costs, and hospital fees. You are responsible for paying a deductible before your insurer will pay for your medical bills, and you’ll also have to pay a percentage of those bills (usually 20%).
Indemnity plans are the most expensive plans and involve the most paperwork.
Managed health care plans (HMOs, PPOs, and POSs) – These plans charge you either a monthly premium or charge you for services as they’re rendered. They pay for your doctor visits, prescription drug costs, and hospital fees. You are assigned you to a group of health care providers – doctors and hospitals – you must use for your care.
Managed health care plans are the cheapest plans and involve the least paperwork.
Affordable Health Insurance
In order to get affordable health insurance you first of all need to choose a plan that fits your needs, then you need to compare rates to see which company has the most affordable rate.