Dealing with health insurance can be a tricky landscape to navigate. You can be sure whether the insurance you settle for is the right one for you. However, it is not an impossible mission when you have some basic guidelines on how to go about it.

The tips below can help you choose the best plan for you whether it is through an employer or the marketplace.

1) Search for a Marketplace

Most employed people get their health insurance through an employer and do not need to go through the government insurance exchanges. If you fall into this category, your work is essentially your marketplace.

Your employer will offer a health insurance plan for you that is not as costly as other alternative plans in the exchanges. However, if your job does not offer health insurance benefit, you can shop for affordable care plans in your state. You can alternatively purchase health insurance via a private exchange or from an insurer.

2) Compare Different Types of Health Insurance Plans

With so many types of health insurance plans, you need to choose a plan that determines your out- of- pocket costs and which health care providers you will see.
While determining the right one for you, make a list of benefits and the cost of each. Look at the provider’s directory that includes the health providers and clinics in the specific network. If you have your insurance through your employer, ask your administrator for the benefits of the plan.

You should also put into consideration your needs and those of your family so that you can make an informed decision. For example, if you suffer from a chronic condition, you should consider choosing a plan that offers affordable lab test packages at to cover those regular costs.

3) Compare Various Health Plan Networks

An in-network doctor is always cheaper because insurance companies contract lower rates with them. Out-of-network doctors do not have the same contract rate, which means that you and your insurance company pay more.
If you do not have any specific doctor, consider opting for a larger network so that you have more choices. Get rid of any plans that do not have in-network doctors or those with a lower number of provider options.

4) Compare Benefits

To narrow down your options even further, make a summary of benefits to determine the one that offers a wider range of services. Some plans offer better coverage of physical or mental health care, while others offer better emergency coverage. It is therefore important to take time comparing the benefits to choose the best plan for you and your family.

5) Make a Comparison of Out-of-Pocket Costs

Just as a network is important, so is how the costs are distributed. A plan should make a summary of the benefits and show just how much you could have to pay from your pocket. Many state and federal marketplaces provide snapshots of these costs to help you make a solid comparison.

When choosing a plan, make sure that you spend less on the out-of-pocket costs by getting a high premium plan. A plan that covers most of your medical costs but has high monthly premium comes in handy in these instances:

a) When you need regular emergency care
b) When you frequently see a doctor
c) When you have surgery on the way
d) When you are diagnosed with a chronic condition
e) When you are expectant or have small children
f) When you take expensive medications on a regular basis

On the other hand, a lower monthly premium is suitable if:

a) You are in perfect health and rarely need to see a doctor
b) You cannot afford high monthly premium plans with lower out-of-pocket costs.

Author's Bio: 

Hello, my name is Karen Cole 40 years-old woman, living in Philadelphia, United States. I am the founder and editor-in-chief of the HealthBenefitAdmin online magazine and I am responsible for the published content that would help my precious readers to live as happily, healthily and sustainability as possible.