Why You Need Health Insurance

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Health insurance is a contract between you and your insurance company. You buy a plan, and the company agrees to pay part of your medical costs when you get sick or hurt.

There are other important benefits of health insurance: Plans provide free preventive care, like vaccines, screenings, and check-ups. They also cover some costs for prescription drugs. Health insurance also protects you from high, unexpected costs of medical care.

Did you know the average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is $30,000? Or that fixing a broken leg can cost up to $7500? Having health coverage can help protect you from high, unexpected costs like these.

• Out-of-pocket maximum. This is the total amount you’ll have to pay if you get sick. For example, if your plan has a $3000 out-of-pocket maximum, once you pay $3000 in deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments the plan will pay for any covered care above that amount for the rest of the year.

• No yearly or lifetime limits. Health plans in the Marketplace can’t put dollar limits on how much they will spend each year or over your lifetime to cover essential health benefits. After you’ve reached your out-of-pocket maximum, your insurance company must pay for all of your covered medical care with no limit.

People without health coverage are exposed to these costs. This can sometimes lead people without coverage into deep debt or even into bankruptcy.

READ: Why You Need Health Coverage

For more information, visit HealthCare.gov.

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