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Buying Health Insurance Online: How to Protect Yourself

November 18, 2010 by admin  
Filed under Fresh Articles, Skin Care

The accessibility and ease the Internet affords has virtually revolutionized the world of shopping. Anyone can go online at any time and buy anything from groceries and clothing to electronics and furniture.

Health insurance is no different. It’s becoming easier almost by the minute to connect with local insurers online, then get quotes, compare service, and get a great deal on an individual or family health insurance plan.

But as we all know, shopping online can be a scary thing. How can you know you really will get the best deal…or that your personal information will stay safe out in “cyberland”?

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable shopping experience online–and protect yourself and your personal information–follow these guidelines for health insurance shopping success:

  • Research extensively! This is your best protection against a policy that doesn’t meet your needs. First find the health insurance coverage that fits you best, then shop around for the right company, agent, premium and service.
  • Check out both the health insurance company and the agent. Both must be licensed to sell health insurance in your state. To confirm licensure, contact your state department of insurance.
  • Take extra precaution to protect your personal information. Security is the name of the game! Maintain the highest security levels by:

  1. Updating your browser. Newer browsers are equipped with more current security measures. Also, make sure site addresses are secure by looking for “https://,” instead of “http://” in your browser window, or a small key or closed lock icon in one bottom corner of your screen.
  2. Submitting your paperwork by fax or mail (instead of online) if you can’t confirm the browser’s security.
  3. Using credit cards equipped with antitheft protection when placing orders online. Review your credit card agreement to see if such provisions are included.

  • Get everything in writing–and keep detailed records. Document all rate quotes and other important facts.

    If you do decide to purchase your health insurance online, keep a copy of everything you complete and sign, as well special offers and payment receipts. Also, make sure you receive a copy of your new policy within 30 to 60 days of purchase. If you don’t, contact your health insurance company immediately.

  • Watch out for “red flags.” These include such things as high-pressure tactics, misleading or deceptive advertising, and anything else that makes you uncomfortable. If you’re unsure or uneasy about something, seek advice from another health insurance agent or a financial advisor.

    Remember, if it seems too good to be true–it probably is!

  • Gather as much information as possible. Visit your state department of insurance for information on insurance companies, agents and health insurance products. To connect with this resource, type “[your state name here] department of insurance” into your browser’s search engine box, then click on the appropriate link.

    Shopping online for affordable health insurance can be a scary proposition. But by taking these precautions, you can keep yourself and your information safe–and get a great health insurance policy, too!

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