Did you know your credit score could be affecting your chances of obtaining low cost health insurance in the Commonwealth of Virginia? It’s true. Many health insurance companies look at a potential policyholder’s credit score when determining how much that person will pay for a health insurance plan.
Be careful not to confuse your credit score with your credit history – they’re very similar, but still different things. Your credit history is a full outline of your financial past – payments made, credit applied for, credit received, foreclosures, bankruptcies – you get the idea. Your credit score is an abstract of all of the factors included in your credit history summed up in one number.
So why could your credit score be affecting your chances of obtaining low cost health insurance in the Commonwealth of Virginia?
Well, if you have a poor credit score, health insurance companies may charge you more for a health insurance policy than someone with a good credit score. Large insurance companies may also create a specific list of health insurance companies under them that can offer you a health insurance policy based on your credit score.
If you have no credit at all, i.e., you have no credit score, the health insurance company will treat you in one of two ways: as if you had a neutral credit score, or, specialize their underwriting policy for your health insurance policy based on the fact that you have no credit score.
Remember, a health insurance company can indeed refuse to offer you a health insurance policy – much less a low cost health insurance policy – in the Commonwealth of Virginia if they aren’t pleased with your credit score. They can not, however, refuse to renew your health insurance policy based completely on your credit score.
To give yourself a heads up, check out your credit score before you begin your search for low cost health insurance in the Commonwealth of Virginia.