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When you file for independent health insurance, you may be faced with countless options. A licensed representative can help you prioritize your insurance policy needs and expectations, and find a plan that works for you.

Many Americans and their families receive full health insurance coverage at their workplace. However, if you've recently been out of work or are self-employed, you may find yourself in the difficult situation of needing independent health insurance. Where do you begin?

Define Your Independent Health Insurance Needs

As with many Americans, we tend to prioritize some health concerns over others, which may cause us to overlook  coverage for a health issue that may occur at a later date.

For example, those who are visually impaired may choose vision coverage over anything else. But no one anticipates falling ill or having a serious medical emergency, which is why it's important to get coverage for potential health care issues.

U.S. News reported eight key factors to consider when choosing the best independent health insurance policy for yourself. Here are five of our favorites:

  1. Identify the necessities. For example, if you know you'll need coverage for vision, dental, or pre-existing medical treatment, check policies that will cover any of these priorities.
  2. Don't overbuy. If you're young and healthy, you probably won't need to worry about covering elderly care or other unnecessary benefits. 
  3. Check the network. Make sure your current physician, specialist, and local hospital accept the provider you're considering enrolling with.
  4. Know your costs. Make sure you're aware of the copays and deductibles you'll be responsible for when you receive medical care.
  5. Make sure your prescription medications are covered, whether you have allergies or you become seriously ill. Make sure that your medication costs are either covered or subsidized.

With so many factors to consider, it can be helpful to consult a licensed health insurance representative to help define your needs and find an insurance plan that works for you and your budget.

At HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, we want to make this necessary step to be as easy as possible for you. We can create a portfolio of products from more than 180 respected companies to fit your unique health needs.

Get a quote from us to find the health insurance plan just for you.


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