Healthcare costs in the U.S. are rising, and according to government statistics over 40 million Americans may not have affordable health insurance. Health insurance plans that offer services at much lower costs are a necessity to individuals such as students, the unemployed, and those on a fixed income. These plans need to be not only reasonably priced, but also they need to cover the health needs of the individuals who they are insuring. This should include regular medical care, as well as major medical expenses resulting from illnesses such as cancer or diabetes.
Many colleges, especially those that are accredited by the state, may already offer low cost health insurance coverage to students who are enrolled full time and are between the ages of 17 and 19. It is important to check each of these programs out before enrolling because they are all different. There are some advantages to these college programs such as lower cost and the ability to transfer to another university without losing their insurance.
However, there are problems with these low cost plans, whether they are plans for students or others who need this service. Often these programs compensate for having lower premiums by having fewer benefits. Services that may be covered on higher cost plans are often times left out of these plans. Some of these services may be ambulance service, blood transfusions, oxygen, or even prescription medications.
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