You can’t put a price on your health. That’s what they say anyways. And while the that phrase was originally pointing out that health is the most important thing, it now has a different meaning. You can’t put a price on health, because figuring out all your health care costs is impossible these days!
Seriously, I’ve been on tons of different health plans over the years and I still get easily confused.
In fact, if you think it’s easy to understand all the various costs, go ahead and try to explain health care plans to someone from the UK! I work with a number of people from England and since they have universal health care over there, the whole idea of employer-provided healthcare (or personal healthcare) is pretty alien to them.
The monthly premium is the easy one. But then there’s copays. And co-insurance. And in-network versus out-of-network. And deductibles. And primary versus specialist. Out-of-pocket. The list goes on and on, and you’ll soon realize the more you try to wrap your head around it all, the more painful your headache becomes!
I wonder if that’s the point. Make health care plans so confusing that it gives you headaches and makes you call your doctor! Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of a stretch.
I do know that even just going in-network versus out-of-network can save you tens of thousands of dollars! When Jason was little he ended up needing an emergency appendectomy at around 3 am. He had been complaining lightly of stomach pains earlier in the day. By the evening he was vomiting, so we took him to an urgent care nearby thinking he just needed some fluids or antibiotics. They suspected appendicitis and whisked us to a hospital. We made sure it was in-network, though! That helped tremendously or it easily would’ve end up costing us more than $30,000! (And yes, he’s all good now, thanks for asking.)
One company that’s actually trying to ease your pain instead of causing more is UnitedHealthcare. They understand how confusing health plans can be. Whether it’s the first time you’ve signed up for one or the twentieth time you’ve changed providers, you’re always going to have questions. And thanks to a nifty interactive micro-site by UnitedHealthcare, you can finally learn exactly how to manage your health care costs.
The website features three interactive games and quizzes to test your knowledge and teach you a thing or two along the way. Each engagement on the site gives you the easy opportunity to enter for a chance to win a $100 weekly prize or $500 monthly prize. That’s three separate chances to win some big prizes.
Cost Quiz 123
With the Cost Quiz 123, you simply answer three multiple choice questions about health care costs. Submit your answers and enter your name and email for a shot at $500.
Look & Learn
Clear up the confusion of health insurance by watching a short video and answering a question. After submitting your answer in the Look & Learn engagement, you can submit your info for a chance at winning $500.
Flip cards over and match up words and definitions to learn about health care costs in a fun and interactive way. Submit your answers in the Perfect Match game to enter for yet another shot at a $500 prize.
When you finish each section, you’ll instantly get results and see how smart you are. You’ll also have the opportunity to add some basic information so you can be entered into each section’s weekly and monthly sweepstakes! When you do, please be sure to use the promo code MOMMYSBUSY in the appropriate field. That way UnitedHealthcare will know I sent ya.
That’s not all, though. If you really want to go all out, I’m running my very own giveaway right here on Mommy’s Busy, Go Ask Daddy! UnitedHealthcare really wants to get the word out on helping to explain how to manage costs, so they’ve donated another great prize to my blog.
One lucky reader of mine will win a $100 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card! I figure grabbing the right cooking tools is a great step towards eating healthier and being healthier! Enter below for the giveaway and happy health findings!
Test Your Knowledge with UnitedHealthcare
Win a $100 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card
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Giveaway ends on March 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 1 winner will be chosen at random and announced on this site. Giveaway is open only to legal residents of the United States (including District of Columbia), who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. The 1 Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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