Medical records are an important and essential part of your life. Filing your records properly and maintaining them is an efficient way of ensuring that you know and have everything in the time of need. It makes insurance a hassle free endeavor and your bills are taken care of without any hiccups. You may feel that right now keeping the bills, reports and perceptions are not of any use. But later you realize that all this is for your own good. It is going to help you a long way.
Whether it is your allergies or something more serious, records never hurt. Whether it is your payment records or medical bills you can ensure your claim process is smooth. In case of any dispute it is your records that are going to salvage you in the thick of the moment.
It might be hard to believe but the lack of keeping medical records could mean losing out on a good job offer. Your medical records may have something that is deemed as a risk by the employer. Whether you have the condition or not, if your records are saying so your employer would believe it. This makes it necessary to keep your records updated. And this is just one of the many reasons that urge you to keep medical records. The same will happen if you are applying for health insurance. If your medical records show that you would need doctor visits, prescription drugs and have increased chance of emergencies, the insurance agency is likely to turn you down. Read more
A health insurance mandate is something that a health insurance provider is required to cover, usually through State regulations. They can be imposed on all health insurance plans within the state or only on certain types of plans, such as group plans. Mandates usually fall under one of three categories:
1. Provider type: Massage therapists, psychiatrists, etc.
2. Benefits: Childhood immunizations, cancer screenings, etc.
3. Beneficiaries: Disabled dependents, Unmarried adult children, etc.
Each state has its own mandates and some have relatively few mandates, while others have many. Mandates provide a way for as many people as possible to get the health care coverage that they need, without paying out-of-pocket in addition to their health insurance policy. While this may sound great, there is a downside to these mandates – the more your state has, the more expensive health insurance policies will be in your area. If state A has 20 mandates and state B has 40 mandates, health insurance premiums in state B are likely to cost three times as much as a policy in state A. This is because the provider has to assume that you will take advantage of most of these coverage options, which can include podiatrist visits and acupuncture treatments, even though you may not.
However, the number of mandates isn’t the only thing that can drive up the cost of healthcare coverage in a state, as some mandates are much more expensive than others or may be more popular than others. For example, a mandate that many people will end up using, such as a certain number of ultrasounds during pregnancy, will cost much more than an alternative medicine treatment for foot odor. Likewise, a mandate on IVF and other expensive fertility treatments would make insurance costs skyrocket as well. Read more