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What Makes a Great Insurance Agent?

When you are shopping for any type of insurance, you are going to want the help and advice of someone who understands the insurance business and who is truly interested in helping you protect yourself rather than making the most money. Unfortunately some insurance agents are in the business for their own benefit and will not tell you when you are paying too much or are buying insurance that you simply don't need. I am a former insurance agent, and I have seen the best and worst. This blog is about noticing red flags when it comes to sneaky insurance sales people and about finding the signs of a truly good agent.


Need Health Insurance? What To Consider When Looking At Quotes

If you're shopping for new health insurance, start with a good look at the quotes. A lot of people stop as soon as they find the lowest quote for the annual premiums. But, premiums don't paint the entire picture. In fact, choosing health insurance based solely on the quoted premium can end up costing you more in the long-run. To make sure you're getting the best coverage for the money, you need to look beyond the basic costs for the policy. Here are four things you need to consider when looking at health insurance quotes. 

Coverage for Preexisting Conditions

If you or a family member has a preexisting medical condition, take a close look at any health insurance quotes you receive. If you're going to change insurance carriers, you need to know that you'll continue to receive coverage for those medical conditions. Before you choose a carrier, make sure the company you choose will provide the coverage you need. 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

If you're looking for health insurance for your family, pay close attention to the out-of-pocket costs associated with each policy you're considering. Insurance companies often keep premiums low by increasing out-of-pocket costs. Those are the fees you pay that are above and beyond the cost of the premiums. Some of those costs include annual deductibles, co-pays for services, and co-insurance costs. If the quotes you're looking at include high out-of-pocket costs, you might want to continue your search for new health insurance. 

Network Conditions

If you need new health insurance, be sure to check the quotes for network conditions. First, check to see how many doctors are included with the in-network options for medical care. Those are the doctors and medical providers that are directly attached to the health insurance provider. A large network will ensure that you have plenty of options to choose from. Next, look at the out-of-network options. Some insurance companies won't pay any part of the costs associated with visiting doctors who are outside of the network. Others will pay a percentage of the costs. When looking at health insurance quotes, consider the costs of obtaining out-of-network medical care. 

Limits on Coverage

Finally, now that you're shopping for new health insurance, check out the limits on coverage. You'll want to identify the types of services that are provided under the policies you're considering. It's also important to know what coverage limits are in place regarding costs for care. 

If you're in the market for new health insurance, look beyond the basic premium quotes. The information provided here will help you get the best coverage for the cost.

To learn more, contact a health insurance company.