If you have an HMO plan, your healthcare is pretty well structured and costs are very clear up front. However, there are still things that you should know to get the most out of your HMO plan. Even if you are completely healthy, it’s a good idea to know how to take steps to prevent future issues and to make sure that you are ready if an issue were to arise.
If you have an PPO plan, your healthcare is fairly open ended and you are able to make decisions about your health care that you wouldn’t be able to make with an HMO. Knowing how to get the most out of your PPO is going to be extremely important if you want to get the best care for the best cost. Even if you are perfectly healthy now, it’s a good idea to know how to take steps to prevent future issues and to make sure that you are ready if an issue were to arise.
Medical insurance helps to reduce the cost of medical care but there are sometimes accounts added to those plans (or offered separately) to assist with the remaining costs. HRAs, FSAs, and HSAs are all accounts that are paired with your health insurance to help give you some additional help with your health expenses. You and/or your company contribute to the account with pre-tax money and when you spend it, it is also tax free. That’s going to help quite a bit if you have an upcoming procedure or if you or your spouse are having a baby. Pre-tax allows you to save a lot of money on expensive procedures, so these accounts are highly encouraged. So what is the difference?
Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance carriers are required to spend a minimum percentage of premium dollars on medical care and health care quality improvement.
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On June 19, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited final rule on Association Health Plans (AHPs).