8) Negotiate your medical bills -- Another way to save money on health care -- especially if you don't qualify for or can't afford a health insurance plan -- is to negotiate your medical bills when you do need to visit the doctor or hospital. Visit Healthcare Blue Book (http://www.healthcarebluebook.com/) to learn about average costs for various medical procedures in your area and get resources to help you negotiate those costs.
Updated 'Health Insurance 101' Buyer's Guide
Originally published in September 2009, eHealthInsurance's "Health Insurance 101" student buyer's guide has now been updated to reflect changes resulting from the passage of health reform legislation in 2010. The guide includes a helpful matrix of all major health insurance options for college students, comparing the pros and cons of school-sponsored plans, individual health insurance plans, student health insurance and coverage provided by parents. It also addresses some of the health insurance issues facing recent grads.
The guide leads students and grads through the following critical steps to help them make informed health insurance decisions:
-- Step one, "Know Why You Need It," addresses the value and necessity of
-- Step two, "Bone Up on the Lingo," provides basic definitions about
terms and acronyms necessary to start researching and comparing
-- Step three, "Assess Your Needs," helps consumers identify the amount
of coverage they need, and the types of benefits they should look for
in a policy.
-- Step four, "Compare Your Options," outlines five key criteria for
choosing a plan, common pitfalls to avoid, and other helpful buying
-- Step five, "Apply for Coverage," walks consumers through the
application process and next steps after they get approved or denied
The updated "Health Insurance 101" guide can be accessed in the following ways:
www.ehealthinsurance.com/101guide-- Through our resource page for students and grads:
(1) NACE, Job Outlook 2010 Spring Update: http://www.naceweb.org/Research/Job_Outlook/Job_Outlook.aspx
(2) From a survey conducted in March 2010 by global insights firm Kelton Research and sponsored by eHealthInsurance. To learn more about the survey results, refer to eHealthInsurance's April 20, 2010 press release found here: http://news.ehealthinsurance.com/pr/ehi/real-life-101-for-2010-college-157146.aspx.
About eHealth eHealth, Inc. (EHTH 12.35, -0.31, -2.45%) is the parent company of eHealthInsurance, the nation's leading online source of health insurance for individuals, families and small businesses. Information and resources are available on various health plans, ranging from individual and family, short-term medical, and Medicare insurance. Consumers can get quotes from leading health insurance carriers, compare plans side by side, and apply for and purchase health insurance. eHealthInsurance is an online marketplace licensed to sell health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. eHealthInsurance and eHealth are registered trademarks of eHealthInsurance Services, Inc. For more information, see www.ehealthinsurance.com.
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