This post was sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
December is one of the busiest months of the year for us. We’re decorating the house for Christmas as well as cooking and baking. Shopping and planning holiday parties are on the list also. And we’re planning to visit local holiday events with the grandkids. The to-do list just seems to go on and on.
But with all the upcoming festivities and activities, one of our biggest priorities is picking the right health insurance for next year. Health insurance is actually a top priority right now, as I’m sure it is with a whole lot of other people. Since it’s open enrollment time for health insurance, NOW is the time to do your homework and to choose the best health insurance plan for you and your family. It will have a big effect on the upcoming year. Anthem Blue Cross is here to help you make the best decisions possible. The choices you make can have a determining factor not only on your physical health but your financial health, too.
We’ve been choosing between health care plans for over forty years. For the most part, we’ve been satisfied with our health care plans. There have been a few times when we’ve second guessed the results of our choices. We learned from our experiences and made better and more educated choices in subsequent years. We’d like to share three things we’ve learned over time and that Anthem Blue Cross would like to help us all with.
1. Health insurance in important. Very important. Health insurance not only can, but does, provide security with knowing our family can receive medical care when needed. Life-saving medical care.
Our daughter, Britt, was diagnosed with the non-curable neuromuscular disease: Myasthenia Gravis. It was unexpected (to say the least), and we almost lost her to the disease more than once. It was just a few weeks after her 5th birthday when she and I took up residence at the children’s hospital in San Diego, California. Britt was the first Myasthenia Gravis patient the hospital had ever treated. She had (more than I can count) diagnostic tests, along with two surgeries. The fear and medical bills continued long after we brought her home. Britt had medical machines next to her bed and portable machines for travel. She was on medication seven times a day. We were living a nightmare while hoping and praying for the best. Needless to say, if we didn’t have health insurance we would have been financially devastated. It was just a few months later that our youngest son was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis. Once again our health insurance not only saved our son but our finances, also.
2. There are multiple options available when it comes to health care. But don’t feel needlessly overwhelmed. There are resources available to guide you through the maze. Know this: you don’t have to do it alone. You’re choosing the health insurance you’re going to have for at least the year ahead. Choose wisely. Anthem Blue Cross provides online help, along with Application Assisters, Navigators, and brokers in your local communities. Take advantage of this help to get the health plan that will meet the needs of your family.
3. To be as prepared as possible for the upcoming new year now is a great time to be thinking of health care insurance. Open enrollment is just that: open! But it won’t be open forever. This is the time for selecting a new insurance plan for your health care needs. This is exactly what we’re doing. Our current health insurance is going up 21% in price. Researching and shopping for a new plan is at the top of our priority list. Our health depends on it.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and the very best of health in the new year!