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You now are the owner of a new health insurance policy because your place of employment changed providers, but you do not have the first clue what the new policy covers. The first thing you should do is take a moment to read the policy. Do not be surpirsed if you get more confused as each word. This is common pace for a lot of people and it shouldn’t discourage you. Insurance policies are simple to understand if you understand the language they speak. If you don’t tspeak their language, which most of us do not, then you will surely get lost.
The first things you want to understand about your policy are the many terms that are in your policy. One of the common terms that you will see is a deductible. A deductible is what you pay before any benefits in your health insurance policy are accessible. Usually, this is an annual amount and will vary greatly by the type of policy. Usually there are separate deductibles for an individual account versus a family account. A few policies let consumers use some of their services with out meeting the deductible. The following year after you have exhausted your deductableh you will have to start all over again.
Co-payments are dollar amounts that are paid by the consumer before the insurance will pay for services and this is paid in addition to the deductibles by the consumer. Some policies will allow the consumer pay a co-payment for certain services without meeting the deductible.
Out of Pocket costs are what the consumer is required to pay out of your own pocket. This could include deductibles, and co-payments. The term “annual out of pocket expense” is the maximum omaximum amounta consumer would have to pay for health services minus the premiums.
Most policies have a lifetime maximum term. This means that every policy has a cap on it. During the lifetime of the policy the consumer expenses can’t go over a predetermined amount or the health insurance policy underwriter will not pay. Do not worry. It is usually a very high amount to start but with the rapidly escalating health care costs a consumer can reach it quickly.
The exclusions section must also be read very carefully and a consumer must fully understand the health insurance policy. Exclusions are conditions that the policy does not cover. This can be a very hazy area. The policy may cover operations but not the after care of the operations or it may cover the after care and not the operation itself. This is the most important section of your policy so read it carefully to ensure that you grasp all of exclusions.
There are many things that you should always remember as you read your health insurance policy. Read every paragraph to ensure you understand how the policy functions so you will not have questions if the need ever arises to use it.