small_business_health_insurance Directory

small_business_health_insurance Articles

WRITERS WANTED! (click-me)

Feature Article:

Aetna Health Insurance For Your Protection!
Aetna health insurance has long been a highly recognized insurance company. Millions of people have put their trust in Aetna health insurance over the years. Aetna individual health insurance has been a top choice of employers who want to...

Ins and Outs and others of health insurance
One of the great benefits of working at a full time job, is that often times your employer will provide health insurance. This insurance doesn't come free, most likely a portion of your salary is deducted to cover it's costs, however becuase you...


Keeping Your Health Insurance Premiums Low

homeincome.com       Navigation

Health Savings Accounts offer tax deductions for medical expenses, and the opportunity to set up additional retirement accounts. But regardless of any other positive benefit of HSAs, lower premiums are the primary reason that thousands of Americans have chosen Health Savings Accounts as the best way to protect their family's health and assets. So I'd like to talk about some key suggestions on how to keep your premiums low.

1. Choose an HSA-qualified plan for lower rate increases.

Average group health insurance premiums rose by 9.6% last year and rose over 10% for each of the previous six years. Individual plans went up even more. Yet I expect most HSA plans to experience much lower rate increases. A very large study was recently published showing that rate increases over the past year for consumer driven health plans such as HSA plans was only 3.4%. Blue Cross of Minnesota has reported that its HSA customers spent 8% less than their traditional insurance clients. Humana has reported claims' costs of 4.9% for consumer-driven plans, versus a 19.2% increase in claims for other plans. In fact, average HSA premiums for individuals have actually dropped 19.5% during 2005.

The reason these plans will have lower rate increases is that people who have HSA-qualifying hig h deductible health insurance plans are likely to pay closer attention to costs, and take better care of their health. For instance, an HSA owner offered a statin drug to lower her cholesterol may be more likely to request a generic version, or ask her doctor if inexpensive nutritional supplements such as niacin or fish oil may be a solution. These actions save the insurance company money and should result in lower rate increases.

2. Raise your deductible as your Health Savings Account grows.

When you fund your account you build up a financial "cushion" which allows you to raise your deductible as your account grows. Every time you raise your deductible, your premium should go down.

By the way, don't forget that every time you fund your account you get an instant tax-deduction. When you offset the tax savings against your premiums, you'll find your net cost for an HSA plan can be very low.

The maximum allowable contribution goes up every year with the rise of the Consumer Price Index. Final numbers are not out yet, but in 2006 we expect the individual contribution limit to go up to $2,700, and the family limit to be $5,450. So each year you can deposit greater amounts into your HSA and continue to raise your deductible, if you choose.

3. Stay healthy, so you can switch plans.

All health insurance plans have rate increases, and we've even seen premiums jump on some HSA plans. If a rate increase happens to you, you can switch to a different insurance company - but only if you pass their underwriting requirements. If chronic disease develops, you may be stuck with your current plan, and its accompanying rate increases, for eternity. Or at least it may seem that long...

If you pay attention to the pharmaceutical commercials, you learn lifestyle really has nothing to do with disease, and it is natural and healthy to be on many medications for the rest of your life, which will then solve your health problems.

If you pay attention to the science, you know the truth is quite different. It appears lifestyle is probably 95% of the picture, and we know the occurrence of degenerative disease can be dramatically reduced and even prevented.

Fortunately, I've found many of our customers are interested in wellness, and disease prevention. After all, they're paying for their own doctor visits if they do get sick. I also believe it is because HSA owners are "forward thinking" people, and like to plan for their future - both financial and physical. You can improve your odds of excellent health with just a few key habits:

Eat very high quantities of fresh vegetables and fruits. Shoot for 35% of your calories. This will lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and more.

Limit your intake of sugar and starchy carbohydrates like bread and pasta. The majority of health problems in the U.S. are related to metabolic diseases that involve insulin resistance.

Exercise and lift weights. Exercise guru Jack La Lanne just turned 92 on September 26, and he says if you have muscles you never feel old.

4. Compare your plan to other available plans at least once a year, or whenever you get a rate increase.

Often-times people keep their plan much longer than they should, and end up paying much more than they should. If your rates go up, you can compare a wide variety of plans at http://www.HSAforAmerica.com/instant-quote.htm. If you have your coverage through HSA for America, we automatically do this analysis of available plans for you any time we are notified of rate increases.

To your health and wealth,

Wiley Long President - HSA for America

About the author:

Wi ley P. Long III Bio


More Reading:

Self Employed Health Insurance

Health Insurance for International Travelers

What to look for in good Health Insurance

Canadas Aging Baby Boomers Planning Health Insurance for the Future

Health Insurance for the Home Based Business Owner

Health Care and Health Insurance Costs Can Be Controlled Through Lifestyle Choices

Short term health insurance

What Is Health Insurance

Health Insurance policy choices

High Deductible Health Insurance Plans For Individuals and Families

small_business_health_insurance Home

small_business_health_insurance Directory

Additional Reading

How To Best Handle Health Insurance Plan Changes
Many economists have suggested and recent economic data indicates that the economy is steadily moving in the right direction. A combination of several factors has no doubt had a negative impact on the economy over the last several years. The recent...

Travel Health Insurance: Know Your Coverage Before An Emergency Occurs
(NC)—Buying travel health insurance is an important step for sufficient medical coverage while outside Canada, but it is only the first step. To make your policy work, say industry regulators, there has to be a co-operative relationship between...

Do I need Health Insurance?
If you think you do not need Health Insurance; then think again. The unpredictable nature of life is itself a valid reason to own a health insurance. Life is filled with risks. Wherever there is an element of risk, risk management is...



Internet Search for: health, hsa, small_business_health_insurance, plans

[an error occurred while processing this directive]


Copyright    homeincome.com