How To Get The Most From Your Insurance

January 10, 2022

Most of us take out the insurance we are told we need; insurance papers can be complicated after all. It is often the case, though, that when you come to make a claim — you were not even covered for what you are trying to claim for, or you need all pro adjusters to step in and help. That can go for health, life, car, and home insurance — not to mention business insurance! 

One of the most important, and one that you cannot be without, is health insurance. However, most families are maxing out the benefits that many insurance companies offer. 

So here are some quick tips to make sure you are getting the most from your health insurance:

Right insurance

As your family circumstances change, so do the needs of your insurance. However, many people simply renew when required and do not think much about it. 

Look at your family members and see what they need in terms of health care — do you have a child that needs an orthodontist? Or perhaps there is a chronic illness within the family. 

Look at what you need, and see if your health insurance is up to scratch. 

Fine print

As mentioned above, insurance papers can often be tricky, and they use jargon rather than everyday language. Yet the insurance companies will expect that you understand what you have signed and paid for. 

If you are not sure what your plan’s rules are, what types of specialists are covered in your plan, or any of the claiming rules, it is time to get more familiar with it. 

This is one of the ways that you can tell if you will need to change, upgrade, or add extra items to your current plan. Or you may choose to go with a new provider. 

In-network

Ideally, you only want to deal with the lowest charges possible, which is easier to do with in-network hospitals and doctors. Unless it is an emergency and you do not have any other choice, ensure that any healthcare provider treating you or your children is on your insurance plan. 

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One of the best ways to reduce the costs of any long-term medication is to use the 90-day supply of medication and mail order. This will dramatically reduce your dispensing fees, which can be a significant saving. 

Deductibles

In most plans, once you have reached your deductible, you will pay a lot less for anything you or your family need after that. If you have reached the deductible for the year, now is the time to make appointments for skin screenings, eye exams, and any other treatments you require at a reduced cost. Anything that you have been putting off. 

Benefits, discounts, programs

Insurance companies are in hot competition, which means their clients may be offered all sorts of great deals. Take a look for discounts on medical condition programs, fitness classes, technology perks, apps, and more. Often we don’t make use of these things, and they are part and parcel of the insurance costs we pay. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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