• Jenn Williams

Health Insurance for Teachers: Choosing the Right Plan

Summer is nearly over, and school is back in session for most of the country. While students might be shopping for new school supplies or a fresh back-to-school wardrobe, many teachers are paying for classroom decorations and searching for health care plans with the right benefits, premiums, and coverage for their needs.


The Trusted Referral Network has been connecting teachers with quality healthcare providers for years. We want to ensure that our country's educators have all the information they need to choose the best health insurance plan for themselves and their families. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you compare your options and look for the best health insurance for teachers:

  1. Personal Health Care Needs

  2. Health Plan Budget

  3. Lifestyle

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Personal Health Care Needs


Most teachers will be given health insurance options by their employers (often the school district,) and individual health care needs will help determine which of these health insurance plans is best. Things like chronic conditions which require regular medication and doctor visits will impact this decision. Further, single teachers will likely need different health benefits than those with children. Be sure to consider your current and future needs when deciding between health insurance plans.


Health Plan Budgets


Health insurance can be expensive, but there are ways to save money on your premiums and out-of-pocket costs. For example, many plans offer discounts if you agree to use in-network providers. Further, school districts will provide numerous options for health insurance plans. Educators should also shop the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace to ensure they are getting the right benefits at the right price.


Lifestyle


One of the greatest perks of being a teacher is having summers off –– which many educators will spend traveling and spending time with their families. Few other professions have this benefit, and it is important to consider when shopping for different plan types. Do you travel often? If so, you’ll want to ensure your plan covers you and your children while you’re away from home. Even for domestic travel, all plan types will cover emergency medical services but may not offer coverage for a primary care visit.


Should You Choose a School District Plan?


As school begins again across the country, many teachers wonder if their employer's healthcare plan is right for them. It's possible that the plans offered by your school district may not be right for you. While you view plans offered by your school district, be sure to explore the options listed on the health insurance marketplace. The right health insurance plan will come entirely down to your specific needs.


Make the Right Choice with the Trusted Referral Network


If, after reviewing your employer's plans and the health insurance marketplace, you're still unsure which teacher health care plan is right for you, the Trusted Referral Network can help. Our resources and network of medical providers will ensure that you make the right choice for you and your family –– and find a plan that suits your needs and your budget.


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