When you first run your California health quote for individuals and families, it's easy to glaze over and just look for the highlights.
Of course, premium is high (if not highest) on this list.
People also tend to look focus on copays whether for office visits or RX coverage but in order to really make a good decision, we need to understand how the different carriers reflect the true out of pocket exposure for the really big bills.
Let's take a look at the most critical example of this when it comes to the deductible and max out of pocket.
You can always run your copay and deductible comparison quote here:
After the deductible is met, you will then usually pay a percentage (say 40%) of remaining bills until you hit the maximum out of pocket or OOP (out of pocket max) which are two different ways of saying the same thing.
That makes the OOP a really important concept and number since health insurance is quickly becoming about protecting from really big medical expenses (also called catastrophic) as rates have spiraled (along with deductibles/OOP's) over the past decade.
So that's our quick intro.
Now let's look at how the carriers might reflect this information in their benefit summaries.
You can access the online application here:
Let's give an example to simplify all the jargon.
Let's say you have a $2500 deductible. After the deductible, you will pay a percentage (the coinsurance mentioned above) of 40% for another $4000. Your total out of pocket is really $6,500 if you get a $20K bill of covered medical expenses.
So how do we proceed?
Our quoting engine shows both deductible and OOP in the summary page which is important.
Some of the biggest (if not the biggest) health insurance websites on the web will only show you the deductible which is misleading.
There are plans that have deductibles of $2500 and OOP's of $7K.
You need to know both to make an informed decision.
In the end, you can always click on the plan name while running your California health insurance quote to get more detail and even access to brochure which will spell out whether the OOP includes the deductible.
Of course, you can always go through the plans with us and we'll quickly be able to size up the best value while taking into account this accounting trick of deductible/max benefits.
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