Comparison is the key to making almost any buying decision, and that is certainly true when it comes to choosing your Colorado health insurance plan. According to recent surveys fully 42% of all Colorado families are worried about paying for any health care at all. But don’t be fooled into comparing only cost – when it comes to insuring your family’s health care, cost is only one factor to consider.
Depending on your family’s health care history and your expectations of health care needs for the coming year, you should also compare the annual maximum each health care provider is willing to pay, what each family member’s co-pay will be for routine doctor visits, your co-pay for prescriptions, your out-of-pocket expenses for hospital stays, your coverage for emergency room visits, which doctors you are allowed to see and, finally, each plan needs to be compared based on the plan’s deductible.
(The deductible is the amount you pay out of your own pocket each year before your health insurance begins paying off. The larger your deductible, the less you pay in monthly premiums.)
When all of those factors are taken into consideration, then you’ll need to compare monthly premiums.
Here in Colorado you have more than half a dozen competing plans to compare.
If it sounds like a lot of work – it is.
Even using side-by-side plan comparisons on the internet, trying to find and compare the best health care coverage for your family at the best cost is no easy matter. However, by concentrating primarily only on the benefits that are most important to you and your family you may be able to make the comparisons easier.
Health care is expensive. In fact, for more than 16 million Americans health care now consumes at least one quarter of their disposable income. That’s why it’s well worth whatever time and effort it takes for you to make the comparisons between health care plans so you can find the one that’s right for you at a price you can afford to pay.