Pregnancy and Your Health Insurance
Having a baby is the most exciting time of a couple’s life, but there are practicalities that can, if ignored, end up being very costly – taking away from that excitement. The birth of a child is a happy, major event in a couple’s life, and it is also very expensive. Prenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care for both mum and baby add up to quite a bit, and without the proper coverage, you could be facing a mountain of debt after bringing home baby.
Sometimes though, insurance is not available or isn’t affordable, leaving mothers-to-be uninsured or underinsured. This is not a situation that you want to find yourself in, as it is difficult to quickly obtain the coverage you need once you are pregnant. If you are planning a pregnancy, it is highly recommended that you look into your health care plan to ensure that there is a high enough level of pre- and postnatal coverage to fit your budget.
If you are unable to afford insurance, there are a number of options at your disposal; if you wish to add to your coverage, there are a number of different, specialized policies available to meet your needs.
Resources for Uninsured Mothers-to-Be
Being pregnant without insurance is a pretty scary situation. However, there are a number of different programs, both private and state-funded, that can be of assistance to the expectant mother. One option is joining a discount health care program. This is not insurance, but it does offer discounts on health care services and can help glean a significant amount of savings during the course of the pregnancy.
Governmental programs are also available to help expectant, low income mothers. Expectant mothers can apply for these benefits from their local health department office.
Questions to Ask About Your Prenatal and Postnatal Coverage
If you have private health insurance and want to ensure that you have the proper level of coverage for your pregnancy, there are a number of different things you will need to look into. First, it is helpful to check into coverage levels (i.e. the percentage of costs covered by your policy). Does your policy have maternity coverage? What level of coverage will your newborn have access to? Will the costs of your pregnancy exceed the maximum annual payout of your policy? If the levels you are quoted do not meet your needs, or you have answered no to any of these questions, you might consider looking into private, additional coverage.
Additional Maternity Coverage
You can purchase private maternity insurance if you do not feel that the policy you have provides an adequate level of coverage. This is coverage specialized for delivery and postnatal health care coverage.
Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting things that can happen in one’s life; worrying about insurance should not be a part of it. But you do have to think about pragmatics and life once the baby is born. This is why it is vital to obtain health care coverage, at whatever level you can afford and feel is adequate for your expanding family.
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