No doubt about it, family health insurance is expensive. It can cost $1,000 or more to insure your family, but there are ways to get affordable family health insurance and save hundreds of dollars on your premium.
Choose an Affordable Plan
* HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) are the cheapest form of health insurance. These plans set you up with a network of physicians and hospitals which you must use when you're ill. In order to get treated you must first see your primary physician who will either treat you or refer you to a specialist. You pay a small copayment after each visit to a physician.
* PPOs (Preferred Provider Organizations) cost slightly more than HMOs. They too set you up with a network of health care providers but you also have the option of choosing a doctor outside the network by paying more. These plans are more popular than HMOs because you have more options.
Get Affordable Quotes
Because there are so many types of plans and because rates vary widely from one company to another, you need to compare quotes from different companies in order to get affordable family health insurance.
The easiest way to get rates from different companies is to visit an online insurance comparison website. Here you can get quotes from a number of companies, then choose the plan and the rate that best fits your needs.
If you're confused about health insurance plans, or have questions about health insurance in general, the better sites have a chat feature that lets you chat online with an insurance expert. (See link below. )
Some HMOs and PPOs have a lousy track record when it comes to paying for certain medical procedures, so you need to make sure the HMO or PPO you choose will be there when you need them.
A great place to check out insurance companies is U. S. News & World Report's Best Health Plans at : www.usnews.com/usnews/health/best-health-insurance/topplans.htm. Here you'll find ratings based on overall member satisfaction, access to care, and delivery of preventive services and treatment.
Visit http://www.LowerRateQuotes.com/health-insurance.html or click on the following link to get affordable family health insurance quotes from top-rated companies in your area and see how much you can save. You can get more health insurance tips by checking out their “Articles" section.
The author, Brian Stevens, is a former insurance agent and financial consultant who has written numerous articles on affordable family health insurance plans.