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Finding out that you are expecting a child can be exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Introducing a child to your family can significantly alter the way you look at your finances. While most expectant parents know that they need to establish college savings accounts and avoid unnecessary spending when a baby is on the way, few take the time to examine their health insurance coverage from a financial planning aspect.
Here are three health insurance adjustments that you can make to ensure you are prepared to cover the costs associated with the birth and well-being of your new child in the future.
1. Establish a health savings account.
If you don't already have a health savings account, it can be beneficial to start one of these accounts as soon as you find out a baby is on the way. Infants often have significant health expenses, since they see a doctor regularly to monitor their growth and development.
A health savings account allows you to set money aside from your paycheck before the funds are taxed. The money in your health savings account can be used to pay for any medical-related expenses, allowing you to successfully cover the cost of caring for your new infant.
2. Upgrade to a family insurance plan.
Many married couples make the choice to retain individual health insurance plans in order to help reduce costs. These individual plans typically don't provide coverage for children, so you will need to upgrade to a family insurance plan in order to ensure that your child has health insurance while in the womb and after birth.
Be sure that you take the time to weigh the cost of monthly premiums against the total percentage of coverage each insurance plan available to you provides. A plan with the cheapest monthly premiums may leave you with a large portion of your birth-related medical expenses to pay, so enroll in a family plan that balances monthly premiums amounts with considerable coverage.
3. Find an affordable hospital.
Many people don't realize that the cost of a birth can vary from one hospital to the next. If you are hoping to keep the cost of your birth low in order to reserve funds to pay for the healthcare needs of your infant after birth, it can be beneficial to shop around.
Contact each of the hospitals included in your insurance network to get an estimated cost for a birth, then opt to bring your child into the world at the most affordable hospital in your area.
Planning for the expenses associated with birthing a child should include a comprehensive examination of your health insurance coverage and options.
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