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3 Important Tips For Acquiring Health Insurance In Little Rock AR

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Finding a quality health insurance plan can be a trying task.  If you're not quite sure where to begin, you are not alone.  Below are three helpful tips for finding quality health insurance coverage.

Tip #1: Compare different types of health care plans

There are several types of health plan options that you may choose from in Little Rock AR.  Even a couple that you may not be aware of - like faith-based health plans.  Faith-based health plans, or health care sharing plans, (as they are sometimes referred to), function very much like traditional health insurance plans.  However, they are not insurance plans at all - at least not in a legal sense.  There are also the new short-term plans.  They are so different from what was offered previously, they should be considered a brand new.  We will touch on all the options available in the Little Rock Arkansas region, below.

Health plan options In Little Rock Arkansas Include:

  • Traditional health insurance plans.
    Traditional health insurance refers to health insurance plans that are offered via the Affordable Care Act umbrella (ACA). Companies offering these plans include: BlueCross BlueShield.
  • Short-term health insurance.
    Short-term health insurance plans are not so "short" any more.  Do to recent changes in health insurance guidelines, you can now, in some cases, keep the same low-cost short-term health insurance plan for a year or more - making such plans a serious long-term health insurance option.  Companies offering these plans include: United Healthcare, National General.
  • Faith-based healthcare coverage (Healthcare sharing plans).
    Faith-based, or healthcare sharing plans is the exponentially exploding new market.  Their unique plan structure makes such plans an intriguing and affordable alternative to traditional health insurance plans.  Companies offering these plans include: Oneshare.


When evaluating your options always review the plan's summary of benefits.  Most health plans summaries are closely associated with the plan descriptions found on any quality online health plan source.  A provider directory, which displays the facilities and doctors that are part of the plan’s physician network, should also be readily available.

Also, when comparing various plans, make certain to pay serious attention to your family's current medical needs.  Consider the cost and manner of treatment you have gotten in the past.  Though it is not possible to foretell every future medical circumstance, being aware of your family's medical history can assist you in making the right decision.

Good to know:  Talk to an independent agent.  An independent insurance agent is an essential resource when purchasing insurance.  An independent agent works with multiple different carriers, which is different from captive agents who can only sell insurance from the carrier they work for.  Working with an independent agent can help make sure that you are getting the best coverage, for the best price.



Tip #2: Compare physician networks

Be sure to check the hospital/physician network of any plan that you are considering.  Make certain the specific hospitals or doctors you need, are participating in the network.  It's far less expensive to access an in-network doctor or facility than it is to utilize a facility or doctor that is out-of-network.  This is due to the fact that insurance firms negotiate with physicians and hospitals to obtain more reasonable rates.  When you opt out of the network, those negotiated rates are not available to you.  If you have personal doctors and you want to keep visiting them, make certain they are part of the provider network associated with your plan.

Tip #3: Compare out-of-pocket costs

Perhaps the most important part of any health plan is the amount you will be responsible to pay should a medical need arise.  Make sure you have a clear understanding of what your plan will pay toward a medical bill, and what you will be required to pay.  You need to be clear on this issue for most every possible medical circumstance.  This includes office visits, x-rays and laboratory tests, emergency room visits, hospital procedures and stays, etc.  Also, make sure you know the maximum amount your plan will pay toward every medical circumstance.  Many plans have lifetime limits.  Some plans have procedure limits.  These are things you do not want to learn of after you gone through a medical circumstance.  You need to know before you purchase your health insurance plan. When it comes to finding a good health insurance plan in Little Rock, there is a lot you need to know.  Talk to the experts.  We are happy to help.  Give us a call today.



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