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Lillian tackles your money overwhelm with practical, approachable financial advice (with a dash of glitter.) This is budgeting advice from someone that doesn't assume you're straight with a salary, retirement account, 2.5 kids, or a white picket fence. You'll get helpful advice for folks left out by… read more


How to choose a health insurance plan during open enrollment

Today we look at how to choose a health insurance plan – should you get a PPO, an HMO, or a HDHP? What is an HSA? And what do those acronyms mean anyway? What if you get free money from work?

Open Enrollment is starting for many people! This is the time of year when you can enroll, so we are devoting multiple episodes this month to untangling the mess of American health care bureaucracy as part of our Health Care Month 2018. If you’re a non-US listener, here are some cute cat videos to watch instead.

We are taking your health care questions all month on Oh My Dollar! The more questions you ask, the more Will learns. Send in to or via twitter to @ohmydollar

Acronyms in this episode:

A PPO – A preferred provider organization – a typical American health insurance plan, where you have in-network and out-of-network providers as part of a “network” of doctors

Usually easier to find doctors you jive with or who understand your particular needsMay be your only optionHMO – Health management organization – a bundled type of health insurance where the network and health insurance organization are integrated

Can be good for someone who is “lazy” (AKA overwhelmed trying to figure out how to get care) – you’ll be assigned a doctor and treatment protocol-Often have integrated systems – all doctors can see the same records, pharmacy is linked to the doctors, making things easierHarder to get care that deviates for a “norm” – can be challenging if you have trans* health needs or want experimental/newer treatment for somethingYou often can’t get anything covered to see a specific doctor unless they are part of the HMO plan or if you get a specific recommendation letter from your primary care  doctor.HDHP – High Deductible Health Plan – a type of health insurance where you have lower premiums and higher deductibles

HSA – Health Savings Account – a type of health savings plan that is tax free (only for HDHP users)

You can save with a Payroll deduction Your company can contribute tax-free dollars for you (extra tax free income for you)It’s like a regular savings account, and you can keep it when you leaveYou can invest a portion of the accountFSA – Flexible Spending Account – a type of health savings plan thatdoes not roll over year to year but can be used by most anyone regardless of type of plan


Things to Know When Shopping for Health Care

Generally higher the premium, lower the deductible.

Related Episodes:

Your Trump Health Insurance Questions AnsweredUntangling COBRA and premiumsAre Health Savings Accounts an evil Republican tax loophole or actual magic?Mistakes not to make with health insurance ft Jack Hopper (long cut)Thanks to our Purrsonal Finance Society Members on patreon, we now have transcripts!

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