Health Insurance Insight: 3 Strategies To Understand The Full Potential Of Your Policy

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, AM | Leave Comment

Your health insurance policy may be full of ways that you can stay healthy without spending too much money.

However, you may only know about a few of those options unless you have taken the time to read or study it carefully.

What are some ways to learn everything that you can about your insurance plan in an effort to use it to its full potential?

Health Insurance Insight: 3 Strategies To Understand The Full Potential Of Your Policy

  1. Talk With Your Insurance Company Regularly

    The best way to learn about your plan is to talk with a representative from the company that provides it. This person may be able to help you find a doctor, find ways to take advantage of gym discounts or generally figure out how to make the most of your benefits each year. He or she may also be able to answer any questions you may have about switching plans and how that may impact your access to healthcare resources.

  2. Check Your Policy Before Making Purchases

    If you need to buy glasses for yourself or for your kids, read your insurance policy to see if that purchase is covered. Work with your eye care professionals, like those at All About Eyes, and your health insurance company to make sure that the care you need is covered.

    Most medical policies include some sort of coverage for eyeglasses or other eye care needs. Even if your glasses or other needs aren’t covered, it may be possible to get free glasses for your kids or at least get their eyes checked for free.

    Some policies may also cover the cost of a massage or efforts to quit smoking, and those benefits could save you hundreds of dollars a year.

  3. Can You Get Medicare or Other Government Benefits?

    Those who can’t afford insurance or the cost of receiving care may be eligible for government subsidies. These subsidies may help pay for your premium or pay for services that you need with minimal out-of-pocket expenses.

    Medicare may be available to adults in all states as well as any child under the age of 18 who doesn’t otherwise have access to the care that they need.

    In some states, policies are offered under the Affordable Care Act that are similar to Medicare but offer more flexibility in choosing doctors or other medical professionals.

If you have medical or dental coverage, it is important that you use your benefits. Otherwise, you are wasting money each month on premiums or on purchases that may be covered by your provider. To get the most from your policy, be sure to read it often and ask questions whenever they come up.

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