How to Get Group Health Insurance Rates as an Individual

Most individuals can get good group rates through their employers. As long as your place of business has more than 50 employees and actually offers a medical plan, you ought to be able to get a good deal. The overall cost is based on how many of the employees actually have the insurance plan. The more people who are signed up, the cheaper the plan will be. Most people will choose this over going with a private plan because it is much more cost friendly. That is one of the first things you should be looking for when seeking a job; whether or not they offer insurance benefits or not. At your interview ask to see their healthcare providers plan and rates and review it at home. This way you can see if the plan offers what you want and at a price you can afford. There are some private insurance companies that have reduced individual rates that are comparable to group rates.

When going with a private company make sure you shop around. Check several companies and have a checklist of your definite needs and requirements. Also know how much you are willing to pay. Plan ahead for the future. Buying insurance at a younger age and better health will get you a low cost deal you have been looking for. Take a plan with a higher deductible if you can afford to pay out a few hundred dollars here and there till it is met. This will save you money on your monthly fee and won’t be a huge bill if you have an emergency.  Look for a HMO, PPO, or POS plan, they are cheaper than traditional plans and tend to have very low co-pays. Don’t over-insure yourself, you don’t need anything more than normal coverage. Most plans will pay if you get sick or injured after the policy is in place.

Managed care plans are the way to go for those who are limited on funds. They offer the best policies for the least amount of money. Most of these plans are available to anyone and can save you lots of money. Make sure you find out if you have a deductible and how much it is. Most HMO’s don’t have one at all, and most basic PPOs and POS only have a small one, usually $200 to $500 per year. The co-pays are also very reasonable with these types of plans. If you choose to purchase an HMO, expect to pay about $5-$10 per office visit and per prescription. With PPOs and POSs, you will have a 20% co-pay with both visits and medications. Usually this is because the plan is less expensive and you have more freedom to see whom you want so the insurer makes you more responsible for payment. HMO’s tend to be the least expensive and best policies for people with fixed incomes.

The best and most assured way to guarantee that you are getting the best and reduced prices for health care benefits is to make sure you work for a large company. The more employees there are, the cheaper the cost out of your pocket. Find out how many employees a company has and what the percentage are in company’s insurance plan. Talk to the other employees and ask them if they like the coverage and has it suited their needs. Also, ask them if there have been any problems. Talking to the people who have used the coverage that is being offered and what it has done for or to them will let you know if this is the type of company you want to work for. Think long term when job hunting, it isn’t just about a paycheck. Sometimes a few dollars less per hour is better to take if the insurance plan is superior. You also need to think about what will happen if you are ill and can’t be at work and how to pay for these expenses. Look for a job that pays well and has great medical coverage, you will be much better off in the future. Not to mention you never know when you might get sick or injured and need coverage for those expenses.

Another option is to choose plans that offer group rates for individuals through an association. If you’re self employed or run a small business with only a few employees, this is a great option since it offers the same coverage that working for a large company would at very reasonable rates. In this scenario, part of your monthly premium goes towards your association dues and allows you to be part of a larger group and share in the benefits.

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