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Educating Yourself About New York Health Insurance

Aug 17th, 2011

New York health insuranceA lot of times, you as consumers are advised to know what you’re purchasing. When it comes to New York health insurance plans, how do you choose one particular plan from unlimited choices you see online? Articles tell us that we should first know what the plan is about in terms of benefits, cost-sharing, payment and claims procedure. But often times seeing a lot of plans at the same time can leave us confused and overwhelmed and health and insurance jargon make it even more difficult. So how does one go about educating oneself about New York health insurance?

With the use of internet and modern technology, researching about health insurance is not so hard and can be done anywhere at your convenience. Researching online is the best way for you to learn the basics and the ins and outs of health insurance and health care. The internet is a limitless source of information and you can get the information almost instantly. You can easily learn medical and insurance terminology and at the same time get various quotes and compare plans side by side. Without the legwork you can check with various health insurance providers in your area.

If you want to find out if a particular provider is a reputable company, do a search using the name of the provider. Your can check their own company website or check some health insurance brokers’ site and see what they say about the provider.  If you want to find out what their members are saying about them, see if you can find a forum that talk about their experience with the company. If you are concerned about their financial rating, check what reputable independent review companies say about the insurer such as AM Best, Standard and Poors and Fitch.

If you feel like you need to discuss health insurance matters with someone, you can go to health insurance providers’ websites or brokers’ websites and see if there’s an option to chat with their representatives. If you feel like you have a lot to discuss and you find typing tedious, call them and talk to their representatives.

If you don’t feel comfortable talking to health insurance agents, you can ask your family and friends. They may not give you professional advice but they can definitely give you some insights which you can later follow up by researching online.

When you’re looking for inexpensive health insurance, check the NY State Department of Health website to see what state administered programs you are eligible to apply for.

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