If you needed treatment for diabetes what would you have to pay? If you became pregnant do you know what you insurance would cover at the hospital? Do you know the benefits of your health insurance plan and how they differ with other companies? What if you get into a just one of the many health insurance lawsuits out there? These are questions you want to consider when looking at and buying health insurance or looking at a specific health insurance company.
In March these questions will be easier to answer because of the new rules that will decode all of the small print of health insurance policies. The rules were suggested by the Obama administration, and they basically mean that all health insurance policies will need to provide those who are shopping for them a standardized and quick outline of the policy, the costs, and the benefits.
This will make it much easier for those who are looking at and comparing policies of the different companies. It will make it easier to answer the questions people have. The new rules will also include a break down estimate of the costs for three different things: having a baby, handling diabetes, and treating breast cancer.
Some have said that the new rules and outlines will be a lot like the “Nutrition Facts” labels on packed foods. It will help you better understand what you are getting and what the options are. The many pages of text that tend to hide things will no longer be the norm.
The new rules could be burdensome for insurers because many times the benefit packages are customized. Another part of the new health-care law says that after 2014 insurers will only be able to ask candidates three questions: how old they are, whether or not they smoke, and where they live.
How quick into the application procedure can purchasers get the outline from insurers? The laws will need insurers to supply the outline on request, instead of waiting till somebody applies for a policy or pays an application charge, a position that drew praise from customer advocates. “If customers are actually going to be well placed to compare their options, they may be able to simply get this form for any plan that they’d like to consider,” announced Lynn Quincy, senior health policy researcher for Clients Union, the non-profitable publisher of Consumer Reports.
The new law will also require members with heavy changes added to their conditions of coverage must be told at least sixty days before the modifications become effective.
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Madison Hewerdine is an author who likes to write about health insurance lawsuits and has a passion for drawing.