How Much Does Medicare Cover?
The other question I hear all the time is,
“How much does health insurance cost?
The truth is, there is no simple answer to this question.
Because it all depends on you.
The type of coverage you buy,
the benefit limits you choose,
and the company you buy it from.
Let's break down what really goes into your health insurance premium.
What does health insurance cost?
If you want a great health insurance plan, you're going to have to pay for it.
It doesn't matter if you choose a high deductible health plan, a lower deductible health plan, or a plan with the lowest monthly premiums with the highest out of pocket costs.
It's the same with life insurance.
The higher the death benefit, the higher the premiums.
The lower the death benefit, the lower the premiums.
But there's more to understanding health insurance costs than just the monthly premiums.
You also need to understand how health insurance companies price your health insurance policy.
The first thing to understand is that health insurance companies price every health insurance policy differently.
It's not like you are buying a house or a car, where you know exactly what you are getting.
You can't compare one health insurance policy to another and know it's a fair price.
The second thing to understand is that health insurance companies price your health insurance policy based on the persons age.
The health insurance premium may vary for someone in their early 20's and someone in their late 60's.
It may vary for someone who has a clean health insurance history and someone who has chronic health issues.
It may also vary based on the type of health insurance you are buying and the level of coverage you require.
For example, a health insurance company may price a health savings account differently than a high deductible health plan.
Health insurance companies price health insurance policies based on the risk they are taking on by selling you a health insurance policy.
These are the three things you need to know before you can really understand what your health insurance policy will cost.
Health Insurance Rates
Now that you know the basics, let's look at how health insurance companies price your health insurance policy.
You want to understand these three things to know what your health insurance policy will cost you:
1. Monthly Premium
This is the cost that you pay each month to maintain your health insurance policy.
This is the first thing you are going to pay for the coverage.
This is the amount you are responsible for for covered services.
You are responsible for paying the deductible before your health insurance plan shares in expenses.
Coinsurance is the amount you are responsible for after the deductible has been met for covered services.
You are responsible for paying the coinsurance before your health insurance plan shares in expenses.
Here's how a health insurance policy priced with coinsurance and a deductible would work.
Let's say the cost of a policy with no deductible is $300 per month.
And let's say the monthly premium of a policy with a $1,000 deductible is $200 per month.
The out of pocket maximum is $1,000 per year.
Now, let's say you had a $3,000 medical bill from an accident.
Your health insurance company would pay $1,000.00 of it.
You would pay $1,000.00 of it.
Your share of the $3,000 bill is $1,000.00.
You would pay the deductible.
You would pay the coinsurance.
The remaining $2,000.00 (the deductible and coinsurance amount) would come out of your pocket.
This is the same way your monthly premium would be calculated.
The monthly premium is based on the same three factors.
The monthly premium is based on the deductible, the coinsurance, and the maximum out of pocket.
The monthly premium is never the same.
It's based on the person's age, the person's health needs, and the type of health insurance you are buying.
The monthly premium is determined by the health insurance company.
You can have a high deductible health plan, but a low monthly premium.
Or you can have a high deductible health plan, but a high monthly premium.
The monthly premium is based on the health insurance company.
Health Insurance Coverage
Now that you understand the three components of health insurance pricing:
let's look at how the health insurance premium is calculated.
There are two main ways that insurance companies calculate the premium:
1. Flat Rate
This is where the monthly premium is based on one factor – your age.
The premium is the same for everyone.
This is the most common way that health insurance companies price a health insurance policy.
The premium for a health insurance plan is based on your age.
For example, let's say the health insurance company wants to charge $300 per month for a health insurance plan.
They charge $300 per month for a 30 year old and $300 per month for a 65 year old.
This is how the flat rate pricing works.
This is where the health insurance company rates are based on what you're paying for the health insurance plan and what you are