You do not want to end up being one of those people who upon getting ill finds that he can not afford to pay the medical bills. And you do not ever want to be the person who first looks for coverage after an illness. Even if you can manage to get adequate treatment, the expenses are all yours and the illness may well, from that point on, be regarded as a preexisting condition, rendering it, and possibly you as uninsurable.
Uninsured and under-insured people are at risk of losing everything. It does not have to be so. With a little research and a bit of discipline, insurance can be affordable.
Stop wasting your hard earned money on 'stuff' and invest in something that really matters. There's nothing better than knowing you've invested in security for you and your family. It's not hard, and it does not have to be expensive.
One of the first things you want to do, before even talking to an insurance agent, is go online. You can actually get company premium quotes right online. They'll simply ask you some basic questions followed by an instant quote.
Make sure you research and get quotes from as many companies as you can, and also make sure you're getting quotes that are for the same coverage and plan you need.
Answer the questions honestly and be aware that online quotes are generally based on "preferred" rates. Your agent, once you speak with him, can tell you into which category you and your health falls.
After you find the plan most consistent with your needs and budget go ahead and call the agent associated with that quoting engine .. He can point out the specifics of each plan and provide information far beyond that which you can see in an online quote.
If you are in a real financial crunch – as many of us are these days – at least think about getting some form of basic emergency coverage. Most health insurance companies offer inexpensive insurance, with very low premiums and payments that offer you flexibility. Plans with very high deductibles, with no bells and whistles, but with catastrophic coverage can at least protect you and your family from total financial ruin should a medical emergency come your way.
Staying healthy and not smoking is also a big plus when looking for health insurance coverage. Carriers know that people living an unhealthy way of life will need much more medical care than someone who is healthy. They adjust rates accordingly. The healthier you are, and the statistically less likely you are to need the coverage, the lower your premiums.