Early this year, a spike in flu cases was seen across the country. According to the CDC, 104 children died across the country during the 2016-2017 flu season. The CDC doesn’t track how many adults die from influenza each year. To prevent yourself and members of your family from falling ill, being hospitalized, and missing work and school, be sure to get a flu shot. The CDC recommendations for 2017 include getting vaccinated before the end of October. If you’re wondering whether health insurance will cover the injection, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) says your health insurance company is required to cover flu shots without charging a co-payment, but you may need to visit a specific facility.
“Some insurance plans only cover vaccines given by your doctor or at a limited set of locations,” says the HHS.
Here are three more reasons to sign up for health insurance during the 2017 Open Enrollment period.
If you get into an accident while driving to or from work, and you don’t have health insurance, you could wind up having to pay a few thousand dollars for an emergency room visit or tens of thousands of dollars for long-term care.
Health care plans vary, but all of them at least partially cover the following:
- Emergency room visits
- Outpatient care
- Inpatient care
- Lab tests
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitation services, such as physical therapy and psychiatrist appointments
- Dental and vision care
- Pre- and postnatal care
- Substance abuse rehab
- Preventive services, such as screenings and vaccinations
In case you’re still on the fence about whether you want to part with a monthly payment, more than half of consumers who signed up for 2016 Affordable Care Act coverage selected a plan with a monthly premium of $100 or less after tax credits. That $100 per month is a lot less than you’ll spend if you’re hospitalized after a car accident and, unfortunately, odds aren’t in your favor. According to the Department of Transportation, someone was injured in an accident every two minutes and eight seconds in 2016. Additionally, the US lost 35,092 people in traffic crashes in 2015, ending a 5-decade trend of declining fatalities with a 7.2% increase in deaths from 2014.
Some Colleges Require Health Insurance
Not only may the federal government charge a penalty for not having health insurance, some universities require students to have their own plan or remain enrolled on their parents’ policy. If you’ll be attending college this year, contact the admissions department to see how this affects you.
It’s the Law
The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to have health insurance. If you don’t, you may pay a penalty to come tax time.
Should You Sign up During the 2017/2018 Open Enrollment Period?
Health insurance is a wise investment, but if you can’t afford any of the plans on the Health Care Marketplace, contact Freeway. Our friendly, knowledgeable representatives will help you find a plan that fits your budget.