Few people enjoy paying for health care. In fact, more than 50% of all people who have health care in New Jersey report that the cost of health care is a significant financial burden on their household. Health insurance has gotten so expensive that fully 17% of all New Jersey residents are without health insurance of any kind due primarily to cost.
So what can be done about the high cost of health insurance? Is it even possible to save money and get discount health insurance in New Jersey?
Well, actually there are a few things the average person can do to help bring the cost of health care insurance back in line.
If you have the opportunity to purchase group health insurance through your employer or through an association or organization that you belong to, you should seriously consider purchasing it. There are at least two reasons for this. First, group health insurance is almost always less expensive than individual health insurance and, secondly, group health insurance will often accept a person with a pre-existing condition that an individual policy will not.
So what are some of the things you can do to put together a health insurance policy that will save you the most money?
Start by getting all tobacco products out of your life. Smokers and people who use chew are going to pay more for health insurance. Period. By the way, never lie about your use of tobacco products in order to get insurance – your health provider will know instantly that you have lied and your insurance may refuse to pay for treatments you have already received.
If you are overweight you are going to pay more for health insurance. Losing weight is more difficult that quitting smoking for most people, yet being overweight is a prime reason that so many people pay through the nose for their health insurance. If you want to lower your cost of health insurance you need to lose at least some weight – losing even a little weight can bump you down into a lower weight category and that could save you hundreds of dollars each and every year.