Resources for Evaluating Health Cost Increases

A recent article in the WSJ highlighted some of the hidden places where your health care costs may increase next year. To help discover your hidden costs, consider these resources:

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Enrollment 101

When choosing your health plan for next year, the best resource is probably the material your employer provides. But there are other places to go for information and help deciding on a plan.

A Web site co-sponsored by insurer Aetna that offers some tools for evaluating plans:

http://www.planforyourhealth.com/openenrollment/

A tool for figuring out likely costs, this one from insurer UnitedHealthcare:

http://www.healthevaluators.com/pce/welcome.aspx

Web sites with general primers on private health insurance:

http://www.healthinsuranceinfo.net/managing-medical-bills/

http://www.healthcarecoach.com/

http://www.ahip.org/content/default.aspx?bc=41|329|20888

Web sites with information about health savings accounts:

http://www.treas.gov/offices/public-affairs/hsa/faq_basics.shtml (The U.S. Treasury’s background information)

http://www.hsainsider.com/

http://www.HSAFinder.com

http://www.ehealthinsurance.com

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