Getting Health Insurance For Pregnant Women
Although it is important for everyone to have a health insurance, it is particularly important in the context of pregnant women. The reason is obvious: there are many things that can go wrong during pregnancy, or could be made better if the woman is aware of certain facts. Therefore, it is essential that pregnant women periodically receive check-ups in order to make sure the pregnancy is progressing properly and there are no detectable problems with their unborn child.
Sadly, there is a large number of pregnant women who do not possess health insurance. This is not only dangerous to their own well being, but also risks the health of their offspring. Studies have shown that children born to women who have not been periodically checked by a doctor are more likely to have low birth weight, as well as higher incidents of death.
Getting an insurance while pregnant has become significant today because of the towering cost of health insurance in the United States. According to the American Health Association, 41 million Americans are not insured, and around 13% of pregnant women in the country do not possess any form of health insurance. This puts these women and their unborn children at risk.
Prenatal checkups can be very expensive, not to mention hospital and delivery charges which could cost $10,000 or more. Furthermore, if there are complications, such as premature birth or the woman requires a cesarean section, the costs would be much greater. Therefore, it is strongly recommended for pregnant women to find a way to obtain health insurance.
Unfortunately, most health insurance companies simply do not accept pregnant women, with their rationale being that their pregnancy is a pre-existing condition. There are ways to overcome this obstacle (which we will shortly discuss), however, the lesson here is that if you are an uninsured woman reading this, and you intend to become pregnant, it may be very wise to go ahead and obtain health insurance now, as this could prevent a lot of potential problems later on. The following are a few useful and practical tips on how uninsured women may obtain health insurance:
First, try and obtain quotes from as many health insurance providers as possible. This is possible through the internet. Although many may reject you, it is likely that at least some will offer pregnancy health coverage and discounted health coverage.
Second, there are federally funded health insurance plans for low income people. Medicaid allows an uninsured woman to enroll in such a plan even if she’s pregnant. Another program is CHIP. It may be worthwhile to check the plans offered by your state: there are occasionally programs local to a specific state.
Third, look for additional benefits provided by other agencies. WIC is a federal agency that offers health services to low income women and children under 5, and also provides food supplements.
Finally, if you are in a position where you have several options, make sure you choose your plan carefully: choose the plan which covers all the benefits you may require. For example a hospital-only plan will not cover visits to a physicians clinic.