- Determine the kind of coverage that meets your particular needs. Do you go to the doctor often or just occasionally? Does someone in the family take prescription drugs regularly?
- Consider a high-deductible health insurance plan. Premiums for HDHPs generally cost less than more traditional health insurance while still providing quality coverage, including preventive care.
- Look into opening a health savings account. HSAs offer savings on premiums as well as triple tax advantages—money deposited into an HSA can qualify as a tax deduction, grow tax-deferred and be withdrawn tax-free as long as the dollars are used for qualified medical expenses.
- Seek a plan that offers strong care provider network discounts. Health insurance companies negotiate with physicians and hospitals to provide services at discounted rates, sometimes as high as 30 percent to 50 percent.
- Find a plan that offers deductible credit. If you do not meet your deductible by the end of the calendar year, you are given a credit against the next year’s deductible. Some plans allow credits to accumulate for multiple years.
From UnitedHealthcare’s Golden Rule Insurance Co.