Do you have a high deductible on your health insurance plan that worries you to death? Is health insurance costing you an arm and a leg? Did you already get into trouble with health care costs, and are on a collision course to bankruptcy? Are you draining your retirement plan to pay off a hospital stay? Learn strategies to cut your health insurance costs, increase your personal assets and protect your nest egg in the blog below.
Cut Your Health Insurance Premiums. Save Thousands Annually.
If you are healthy and spending an arm and a leg on health insurance, then it’s time to look into a high deductible health insurance plan with a Health Savings Account. The benefits of this plan are many. The savings could add up to thousands of dollars annually on your health insurance premiums, but the benefits don’t stop there!
Benefits of HSA
The bottom line is that the sooner you start contributing annually to your Health Savings Account, the better off you’ll be throughout life.
Health is the Best Health Insurance
It’s important to remember that good health is the best health insurance. Eating right and exercising allow you to work smarter, to enjoy life and to think more clearly. So, when you are thinking of fun, education and even basic needs, be sure to include habits, strategies and fun that promote good health. Should you buy a gym membership or a yoga class package? Would that be fun? Should you allocate a little more of your basic needs for fresh, organic food? Can you buy directly from farmers at a Farmers' Market?
Are You Already in Trouble with Your Medical Debt?
According to the New York Federal Reserve, the majority of collections actions every year (and bankruptcies) are due to medical and utility bills. This is heartbreaking, and is another reminder that saving up for medical costs in your own HSA is an important budget consideration. If you are in medical debt, it’s equally important to get a smart strategy to pay it off. Don’t just start siphoning off your retirement plan and home equity. Instead, read The ABCs of Money Debt Section, explore your options and develop a sound strategy that still protects your livelihood and future. Sinking your life boat to pay off a past medical debt could put your future in peril.
Health Savings Accounts Reward You When You Stay Healthy.
The more you save in your HSA, the more you have when you retire. Since medical care costs are the big game changer (for the worse) as you age, having a large amount in your HSA is the antidote. The health savings plan works great if you are healthy, and rarely visit the doctor. If you keep dipping into the account for petty visits to the doctor, or have a chronic illness, then you it’s more difficult to have your money compound and increase in value. So, do your best to treat the HSA as a medical retirement account, rather than the place you dip into for every flu and cold. Even if you do have a chronic illness, it could pay to have a high deductible and HSA, particularly when you consider the high insurance costs.
Freedom of Choice is Preferred
Remember to shop around before you set up your health savings account. Some online discount brokerages allow you to invest in stocks, bonds and funds, with zero or very low trading fees, while banks and insurance companies may offer a very limited choices of investments that might be far more expensive, to boot! You do not have to purchase your HSA from the insurance company that sells you your high deductible medical care plan.
The Bottom Line
Healthcare costs make up 18% of the United States budget, totaling $3.5 trillion in expenditures in 2017. 40% of Adult Americans are obese. Obesity related medical costs are $1,429 higher per person than those of normal weight. So, staying healthy can go a long way to improving your own budget, and the fiscal health of our nation. Having a Health Savings Account in case of an unforeseen medical emergency can help you to navigate the budget-breaking costs of medical care in the U.S., and save you thousands annually to boot.
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