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Individual Health Insurance Ohio – Basics You Need To Know

Author : Tracy Mc Manamon   Top Author

When you have to buy an Ohio individual health insurance policy on your own, you need to know the basics so that you make the right choice. Benefits vary among policies. The benefits covered by your plan and the care provider access that it offers determine the quality of care you get and the cost of your plan.

Choosing an Individual Health Insurance Plan – Get the Coverage You Need

Health insurance plans are generally classified as indemnity plans and managed care plans. An indemnity plan offers you the freedom to choose your own doctors and pays for all or a part of your health care expenses for a certain period. With a managed care plan, your insurance company contracts with a network of health care providers to offer you coverage, though coverage is less if you opt for out-of-network services.

Whichever type of policy you opt for, make sure it offers the kind of coverage you need. For instance, if you want to continue to see your current doctors, make sure they are in the network of the plan you choose. People often need specialist care. So you should also check out if your Ohio individual health insurance plan's network includes respected specialist doctors such as surgeons, cardiologist, gynecologists, oncologists, and so on.

Understanding How Much You Will Pay – Your Policy Cost

The most important aspect of a health insurance plan is the premium or the amount you pay the insurance company for your coverage. If you have bought a policy on your own, you have to pay the entire premium. Other elements of cost you need to consider are:

• your annual deductible – how much you pay out-of-pocket before your insurance begins to pay
• your coinsurance – how much you pay after meeting your deductible, for instance, if your plan covers up to 80 per cent of the services, the rest is your coinsurance
• your copay – the fixed amount you pay for doctor visits and prescription drugs

The most important thing is to look for a plan that covers your family's unique health needs and stays within your budget. Low premium plans are not always the best choice as they probably will not offer sufficient coverage if you or your loved ones meet with an accident, get seriously ill or require surgery. If your plan does not cover such needs, you could end up spending more in the long run.

Finally, when you buy individual health insurance Ohio, keep a lookout for products that look like health insurance but do not offer comprehensive coverage. These include disease policies, accident policies and discount plans. Disease policies only cover specific diseases like cancer and accident policies only pay for costs if you have an accident. Discount plans may offer benefits like reduced costs on services from a list of specific providers and so on, but they are not health insurance plans.

Opt for Professional Guidance

Getting in touch with a licensed health insurance broker can help you find the right Ohio individual health insurance plan. An experienced insurance broker can tell you all you need to know about health insurance. Professional guidance is important when it comes to comparing health insurance plans and choosing the one that best meets the needs of your family.

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Tracy McManamon offers affordable Ohio individual health insurance plans. He helps clients make an informed decision and choose the right individual health insurance Ohio plan.

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