Monday, December 26. 2011
A recent announcement from the Pennsylvania Dental Association stressed that consumers should receive regular dental checkups in order to stay healthy.
Many people may be neglecting visiting the dentist due to the current state of the economy, but it is a practice that is not recommended, the announcement noted. By going to a dentist, many people can avoid bigger problems later on, as dental fixes can be more expensive and painful as time goes on.
"When a patient is not seen at a regular three-month, four-month or six-month intervals, problems are left to progress, which leads to more expensive treatments such as crowns, root canals or periodontal surgeries," said Dr. Tamara Brady, a PDA member dentist. "Not only are these procedures more expensive, they also may not be covered by a patient's dental insurance."
Consumers who don't have a dentist may want to ask around about good choices. If their plan doesn't allow for a satisfactory doctor, it may be a good plan to compare affordable health insurance rates, as this could make the process easier.
Thursday, December 1. 2011
A recent survey from health insurance company Aetna showed that many Americans are not sure of what health insurance plan to select.
The survey found that approximately one-third of consumers are unsure of the total health insurance cost regarding a plan, which includes both premium and cash costs. Another three in 10 Americans were confused about the difference between PPOs, HMOs and other types of health insurance plans. Close to one-quarter of individuals noted they were uncomfortable determining which providers are in their network, and at what point referrals are necessary.
"We know that health insurance can be confusing, but the Plan for Your Health website can help," said Dr. Wendy Richards, a National Medical Director for Aetna. "The site has information and tools that can help everybody better understand their health benefits, no matter their age or how much they already know about health insurance."
The confusion about the plans may note that more consumers may need to compare affordable health insurance rates in order to find the best plan for the money. Going over these options thoroughly may be wise before making a selection.
Sunday, November 27. 2011
A recent survey completed jointly from Aon Hewitt, the National Business Group on Health and The Futures Company showed that many consumers are interested in more of a commitment from their employers when it comes to health insurance.
Nearly 75 percent of employees noted they have a legitimate concern about being able to afford healthcare, the survey reported. Many noted their interest in having wellness programs available to them, but despite many consumers wanting options, one-third noted they didn't participate in such programs. This may have something to do with a lack of knowledge that their employers offer a wellness option.
"Employers continue to face countless challenges when it comes to offering health plans that effectively meet the needs of workers and their families, while also managing rising costs," said Helen Darling, president and chief executive officer of the National Business Group on Health. "In order to help with their challenges and reduce costs, they want health programs that speak to their individual and families' health care needs."
Consumers who don't receive the best health insurance options from their employer may want to look for affordable health insurance quotes, as these could give them a more well-rounded option.
Thursday, October 13. 2011
A recent development in Congress may save the United States a significant amount of money by moving a number of Medicare patients to private plans, according to Bloomberg.
The country could save approximately $125 billion over a 10-year period if healthcare companies took over the roughly 9 million accounts. As a whole, the program cost more than $875 billion in 2009, according to the news source. Those who belong to the Medicare and Medicaid groups typically the most specific and complete care when it comes to health plans.
"There probably is plenty of opportunity in terms of dollars saved to deal with these very sick people," Les Funtleyder, a healthcare analyst with Miller Tabak and Company, told the news source. "The payoff is the delta between what these high utilizers currently cost, and what they could cost if they were getting 'optimal' care."
If a person who is in this category wants a better option, it could be a good idea to jump the gun and examine cheap health insurance rates with coverage that is sufficient.
Wednesday, October 12. 2011
Consumers who are looking for Medicare coverage tailored to their needs may be in luck, as the Annual Open Enrollment Period is set to begin in mid-October and continue to early December, according to the National Council on Aging.
The program allows for the typical consumer to select a wide range of options. However, many people do not know about the program's enrollment options, or the changes that occur each year, the release noted.
"Beneficiaries should review their current plan and their health needs and explore options during Open Enrollment," said Nora Dowd Eisenhower, vice president, Benefits Access Group, and director of NCOA's National Center for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment. "Since plans change, it's important to make sure you're in the one that best meets your coverage needs. This could save you hundreds of dollars."
Even those who do not qualify for a medicare plan can still find affordable health insurance rates, and it may be wise for these consumers to examine different quotes to find what they want.