For more than 50% of all West Virginia households the idea of low cost health insurance is something of a misnomer, because at least half of all West Virginia households report that paying for health insurance is a severe strain on their monthly budget – and approximately 16% of all West Virginia families can’t afford any health insurance at all.
Hopefully this article will shed some light on ways that almost every family in West Virginia can compare and find low cost health insurance without breaking the family budget.
It should come as no surprise that health care costs less for healthy people. One way to save money on health care and to see the doctor less frequently is to eat right and to get plenty of sleep and exercise. Eating right means giving up fast food and fried food – except in very limited quantities. Exercise doesn’t have to mean buying the latest infomercial fad – exercise can mean walking briskly around the block or joining a walking group that walks in the mall every morning. Exercise can mean riding your bike to do errands around town and leaving your car at home.
It should also come as no surprise that smoking and using any form of tobacco is not only bad for your health but it will also cost you considerably more in health insurance costs. If you are sincere about comparing and finding truly low-cost health insurance then you can’t continue to smoke.
It also means you may have to lose weight. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is one way health insurance companies determine your monthly insurance premium. The lower your BMI the less you are going to pay. Losing even a few pounds could – hopefully – drop you a notch on your insurance company’s BMI meter and if that happens you could save hundreds of dollars each year.
Find group health insurance. Group health insurance may be less picky about your weight and smoking habits and group health insurance is almost always cheaper than individual health insurance. If your place of employment doesn’t offer low-cost group health insurance try asking at any clubs, organizations or associations that you belong to – if that fails ask friend and family if any groups or clubs they belong to offer members group health insurance . If so – join!
Joining an HMO or a PPO can save you a considerable amount over buying health insurance as an individual, but be prepared for the possibility that you may have to give up your favorite doctor – unless your doctor happens to be a member of the HMO or PPO you want to join.
Don’t take part in extreme or dangerous sports. Also, if you drive a fast sports car, it may be time to sell it – at least it is if you are serious about finding affordable health care.