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Health Insurance For Small Business Owners

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If you are a small business owner and you need to purchase health
insurance, you may be surprised by how much a policy covering just you
can cost. If you need to find a plan that also covers your family, the
cost may be even higher. Because of rising health insurance premiums,
restrictions about how much coverage you can receive due to pre-existing
conditions, and other rules, many small business owners are unable to
afford basic health insurance. If you have a small business...


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If you are a small business owner and you need to purchase health
insurance, you may be surprised by how much a policy covering just you
can cost. If you need to find a plan that also covers your family, the
cost may be even higher. Because of rising health insurance premiums,
restrictions about how much coverage you can receive due to pre-existing
conditions, and other rules, many small business owners are unable to
afford basic health insurance. If you have a small business that employs
a few people, you may not be able to offer health insurance coverage
because the premiums are too high.

You have a few options, however, when it comes to health insurance
coverage. There are smaller companies that offer plans with higher
deductibles or those that cover hospital stay and other emergency care,
but do not cover routine check-ups and other appointments. Some plans
cover these doctor visits, but require you to pay a higher copay. Even
though these plans are not the best, they may be enough to provide you
with adequate coverage until you begin earning more money or if your
business grows.

If you have employees and want to offer them health insurance, you can
sign up for a plan that offers flex options. You pay a smaller premium
and each employee receives a certain amount of money each year to cover
basic medical needs. Flex plans are also offered to employees who work
for larger companies as a way to supplement existing health plans.
Employees will still have to pay a copay and pay for major medical
emergencies, but other costs will be lower.

Paying for health insurance can be a burden if you are just starting your
business. If you have a spouse with an insurance plan you can be added to
it. This is a good idea that will save you a lot of money in the long
run. Other options when looking for health insurance include joining
local community organizations, academic organizations, or alumni
organizations. Many times these organizations may be able to offer
limited coverage for at least six months. This can help you establish
your business and find adequate healthcare coverage in the meantime.

Once your business is generating a profit, you should find out more about
health insurance, especially if you aren’t currently covered. Because
health issues can occur at any time, you need to be prepared. Having
surgery after an accident or illness can cause you to lose your business.
Medical costs can take their toll as well. Finding affordable health
insurance is possible if you look at smaller agencies and local groups
who can provide you with more information or less coverage for the time
being.

				
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