Change Health Insurance After Baby Born?
Should Amanda and her husband lower their monthly insurance premiums when they have their baby?
QUESTION: Amanda and her husband have independent health insurance. They are very healthy, but they have a very low deductible and pay over $500 each month. They are having a baby in a couple weeks and Amanda wants to know if they should change to a higher deductible and lower their premiums after the baby is born.
ANSWER: After the baby is born you should drop the $500 deductible to at least $1,000 deductible, which will knock about $200 off of your premium each month. You’ll also want to check into an HSA. You can get these through an independent insurance agent. The HSA is a larger deductible – like $5,000 – but you’re premium is very low and they pay 100% after you meet the deductible. You’re also allowed to save tax deductible up to your deductible each year, which makes it like a health insurance IRA. That allows you to put thousands of tax-deductible dollars away for medical emergencies.