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How to Know if You Have Enough Health Insurance

How to Know if You Have Enough Health Insurance

Does your health insurance give you peace of mind? Or are you worried your employer-offered coverage just doesn’t do enough?

Supplemental health benefits fill in the gaps where health care coverage falls short.

So don’t worry about hospital bills, the after-effects of a car accident or getting proper medical care after a heart attack or stroke. With supplemental health insurance, you can get the coverage you need for true peace of mind.

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Follow these steps

The best way to go about buying supplemental health benefits involves several key steps. “First, get to know your existing coverage,” says Greg Feste, CEO of Rezilient Direct. “That way, you can identify where the gaps occur and know what kind of supplemental benefits you need. The right supplemental coverage will pay for costs that won’t be covered by your primary insurance. But it shouldn’t replace your primary coverage. It’s an additional policy.”

Supplemental health insurance also offers certain benefits that your primary coverage won’t. “Think of it as a customizable benefit,” Greg Feste advises. “Many of the policies offer advantages that primary insurances don’t, such as no deductible or waiting period. Often cash benefits will be paid out to you. In addition, the plans typically don’t have contingencies, so you’ll get the benefits regardless.”

The kinds of coverage available

Before you buy the coverage, talk to an expert about the types of benefits you can get with supplemental insurance, which can cover expenses such as:

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  • Medication.
  • Hospital stays.
  • Deductibles.
  • Copayments.
  • Coinsurance.
  • Transportation.
  • Food.
  • Childcare.
  • Income replacement.
  • Long-term care.
  • Other costs associated with a hospital stay, accident recovery or illness.

Some of the most popular types of supplemental health insurance includes dental and vision, accident, critical illness, cancer, hospitalization, heart and stroke, term life and short-term disability.

Making a wise investment

Contrary to what many people think, supplemental health insurance is a cost-effective and affordable solution. “It’s a wise financial investment for people who have plans with a high deductible,” reports Greg Feste. “To keep costs low, often people will choose a high-deductible employer-provided insurance plan to lower monthly premiums. However, the downside is higher costs out of pocket.”

With supplemental health benefits, you can get some relief from these costs. Just be sure to choose a plan that ensures coverage for deductibles and related out-of-pocket costs associated with care. Plans are very affordable, with “some plans costing as little as $12 to $15 a month for an individual, and for families, it’s just slightly higher, around $20 to $30 per month,” says Feste.

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Still not sure you need supplemental health coverage? Grab a calculator and run some numbers. Add up all of the health care costs you incurred last year, including out-of-pocket expenses and deductibles. Tack on at least a $10,000 bill for a major medical event and estimate how much of that bill you’d be responsible for (this is the average lowest cost for a major medical event – should one happen to you or a family member).

Then, calculate if these costs over the year add up to more money than you’d pay for supplemental insurance. If they do, consider purchasing supplemental health benefits to prevent a major health care event from creating a devastating and lasting impact on your financial health.

For most consumers, it pays to get a supplemental plan, especially one that would cover lost wages or a mortgage payment – should you have to stay in the hospital for a long time. The coverage provides true and lasting peace of mind, for just pennies on the dollar. So what are you waiting for? Go talk to your insurance professional to review your existing coverage and discuss options for purchasing supplemental benefits.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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