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Understanding Health Insurance - Choosing a Plan

Online help

Some organizations, such as the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), give reports on insurance companies. This may help you choose which plan is best for you. Find out more at www.ncqa.org.

Questions to ask

When you are choosing a health insurance plan, think about questions you want to ask. For example:

  • What benefits and services are covered?
  • What plan does your doctor accept?
  • Which doctors are available in the plan?
  • Does the plan offer coverage for foreign travel?

After you have a plan

After you get a health insurance plan, keep your insurance card with you. Save your insurance company's phone number in your phone's memory so that you have it available.

Many plans require you to contact your insurance company before having an elective procedure, such as a surgery or certain medical tests, or for a hospital stay. If you have a medical emergency, get help for the problem first. After the emergency is taken care of, contact your insurance company as soon as you can.

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