Saturday, July 28, 2007

How to Get a Cheap Medical Insurance Rate

Looking for a cheap medical insurance rate with a top company? Here's how to get it.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance costs have doubled in the last few years, and because of that a lot of people think they can't afford to be covered. Other people feel they don't need it because they're healthy and won't be stricken with a major medical problem. Wrong on both counts.

Fact is, we all need medical insurance and there are ways to get a cheap medical insurance rate.

Cheap Medical Insurance

Medicaid

If you're in a low income bracket, your state has a Medicaid program that will provide medical insurance for you and your family if your qualify. Medicaid medical insurance provides coverage for dental care, eye care, health care, and prescription drugs. For information on Medicaid medical insurance, call or visit your nearest Division of Family Services office for details.

If you don't qualify for Medicaid, your next step is to go shopping for an inexpensive health care plan. There are two types of insurance that offer the most benefits for the least amount of money - HMOs and PPOs:

HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations)

HMOs charge a fixed monthly fee for which they provide medical services that include doctor visits, hospitalization, surgery, and prescription drug coverage. Members must choose a primary car physician who oversees their health care, and they can only receive medical treatment from doctors and facilities that are part of the HMO's network.

PPOs (Preferred Provider Organizations)

PPOs are similar to HMOs in that you receive medical services through a prescribed network of physicians and facilities. But unlike HMOs, members do not need to get permission from their primary care physician to see a specialist. PPOs cost about 5% more than HMOs.

Cheap Medical Insurance Rates

You can call local insurance companies or go to individual insurance sites to get medical insurance rate quotes, but the easiest way to get quotes is to go to an insurance comparison website.

Insurance comparison sites let you get quotes from a number of insurance companies. You want to get at least three quotes, then choose the quote that's best for your circumstances. If you have any questions about health insurance, the better comparison sites have insurance professionals on hand who can answer them. (See link below.)

Visit http://www.LowerRateQuotes.com/health-insurance.html or click on the following link to get cheap medical insurance rate quotes from top-rated companies and see how much you can save. You can get more insurance tips in their Articles section.


The author, Brian Stevens, is a former insurance agent and financial consultant who has written a number of articles about getting cheap medical insurance rates.

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