Here are some of the frequently
asked questions I have been receiving on Benefits enrollment:
1. Do I have to
change to the new HSA Insurance?
No, you may still
choose the 100%, 90% or 80% plan.
2. Do I have to sign
up for benefits if I am making no changes?
No. You do need to
sign up for the FSA (Flexible Spending Account) each year, if you wish to
continue that feature.
3. What is the
difference between the 100% and 90% plan?
Both have the same
deductible ($225 single; $450 for 2 or more people)
The 90% plan has a
total out-of-pocket expense in-network of $1500 single and $3000 for 2 or more
people. That includes your deductible. The out-of-pocket expense starts when
you have an inpatient hospital stay, outpatient surgery or big ticket items such
as a PET scan, MRI, CT Scan, etc.
4. What about the 80%
The 80% plan has a
deducible of $450-single and $900 for 2 or more people. The maximum
out-of-pocket expenses are $3,000 for single and $6,000 for two or more people
on in-network services. The co-payments for drugs and doctor's office visits are
the same as those on the 90% and 100% plan. Again, the only time your deductible
and out-of-pocket expenses kick in is when you are in the hospital, outpatient
surgery, MRIs, CT Scans, etc.
5. "I'd like to go to
the 90% plan, but my kids are always at the doctor's. I need to save some
There is no
difference between the 100% plan and 90% plan for your co-payment to the doctor
or for prescription medication. You would still be spending the same amount of
money. You would be saving money on your premiums. On the family plan the
savings from the 100% plan to the 90% plan is $3,119.76 per year. That is more
than your out-of-pocket expenses for the 90% plan. The saving on the employee
only plan is $906.72 per year.
6. What happens if I
get a hospital bill? I will have a bill for $10,000 if the hospital bill is
$100,000. I can't afford that.
It does not work
that way. You pay 10% on what the insurance carrier allows. Consider the story
of a flight attendant (employee only plan) who this year switched to the 90%
plan. She had an emergency admission to the hospital. She still had to pay the
$225 deductible which is the same on both plans. She switched because she was
going to save $720 per year. After all the bills came in, she only paid $70
out-of-pocket. She still saved $650 for the year.
When I had my surgery 2 years
ago, the hospital bill was $98,000 for 2 days in the hospital.
(Scary right!) Blue Cross said $30,000 is all the hospital was allowed to charge
the insurance company. (The $68,000 goes away and nobody has to pay that
amount). Ten percent of $30,000 is $3,000. My out-of-pocket maximum is $1500.
I paid the $1500 and Blue Cross picked up the other $1500 of the $3000. I had my
own little account for the out-of-pocket expenses for "just in case." The last
time I was in the hospital for surgery prior to 2009 was 1982 for my appendix.
The point is, that on the 90% or
80% plan you never pay more out-of-pocket per year than what the maximum
out-of-pocket expenses are. If you can discipline yourself to put your savings
away for the first year or so you make the switch into a little savings account,
you will always have the money - just in case something happens and you are in
the hospital. Otherwise, hospitals do accept payment plans.
7. When is annual
opens on October 13, 2011 and closes at 11:59 PM EDT (8:59 PM PDT) on
October 31, 2011.
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