What is the Most Essential Supplemental Insurance?

With the rising costs of healthcare services today, it only makes sense to ensure that you have adequate health insurance coverage. However, the standard health insurance or Medicare plan you have now may still not offer the kind of coverage you need. Instead of going for a more complete (and more expensive) private health insurance plan, you may opt to get supplemental insurance plans.

These supplemental plans can cover expenses that your current health insurance plan doesn’t. While you do have to pay extra in premiums when disease or accidental injury occurs then at least you can cut down the fees and costs you need to pay out of pocket. These supplemental plans may also offer other benefits such as screenings that aren’t covered in your current plan.

This does lead to the question of which coverage to get with your new supplemental plans. The answer depends solely on your own particular needs, however. Here are some benefits that you may want to consider:

Contributing to Paying the Costs Not Covered by the Current Plan

Your current health insurance plan probably doesn’t cover all potential expenses when you get sick or injured. You have a deductible, which is the amount you need to pay for first before the health plan starts covering your expenses.

Then you have the co-insurance, which is the percentage of the payment after the deductible. There’s also the co-pay, which is the fixed amount you need to pay for when you receive some types of medical services, such as visits to the doctor and prescription medication.

All these fees can add up to an amount that you may not be able to easily afford. A supplemental plan can help pay for a significant part of these expenses so that your own out-of-pocket expenses are much more reasonable.

Dental Insurance

Plenty of health insurance plans do not have significant dental health coverage. That’s ironic, considering how your oral health can affect your overall physical health. If you have bad teeth, you may not be able to eat properly and that will certainly affect your health. A bad smile can affect your confidence and lead to stress—which then leads to numerous medical conditions.

Travel Insurance

If you plan on spending a considerable amount of time abroad (which many retired people seem to want to do), then you certainly should consider a supplemental health plan that can cover your expenses if you get hurt abroad. Breaking your legs while hiking up mountains in Asia is bad enough without adding the cost of all the emergency care you receive.

Vision Insurance

This is certainly crucial if you’re already wearing glasses. But even if your vision is still good, if you’re getting old enough to retire then there’s a very good chance that you will need glasses soon. That’s especially true if a lot of people in your family wear glasses when they get old.

The coverage can include visits to the eye doctor, and the plan can also pay for the eyeglasses you need.

Short Term Health Insurance Coverage

Unlike other supplemental plans that you add to your current one, this kind of plan is what you may get when you currently don’t have one yet. Often you get this to avoid the hassles that come along when you have a period of time when you’re not covered by insurance. This may lead to new restrictions and rules when you do get new insurance to replace your old one.


Basically, when you get supplemental insurance, you take stock of what coverage and benefits you need now, and what you may need soon. Then you can get the supplemental insurance that offers the coverage and benefits you’re looking for.

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