Health care is an alphabet soup--HMOs, PPOs, POSes and more. A starting point in any shopping expedition is mastering the basics, and here's where to start:
- "Guide to Health Insurance": In 15 pages from the Health Insurance Association of America, you're walked through the health-care maze. Maybe the prose isn't the liveliest, but this is essential reading.
- "Tips for Buying Individual Health Coverage": This is short, sweet advice from Insure.com, which bills itself as the insurance news network. While you're at this site, check here for a peek at average health insurance costs.
- "What Health Coverage Is Right For You?": The folks at the Mayo Clinic do a nice job of providing a thorough but simple guide to picking a health plan.
- Want your info on paper? Get the scoop about health insurance in a book: Martin Gottlieb's The Confused Consumer's Guide to Choosing a Health Care Plan (Hyperion, $12.95, 800-759-0190).
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