Change is never easy, and amendments to Texas Law have seen the Health Insurance market explode with a multitude of health plan options. While more competition is always a good thing, it can sometimes be very confusing to consumers who want to get the best deal, but are confused by the sudden array of choice.
There is also the added confusion that not all health plans have to contain all benefits, meaning you've suddenly got a whole lot of policies that may or may not contain the things you need. Insurance carriers still do have full health insurance plans, but the advantage of this new flexibility is that consumers can choose which benefits they would like to pay for. This means insurance that is tailored to your needs that won't break the bank with costs for things you don't want or need.
You now have the choice between State Mandated Plans and Consumer Choice Plans. Consumer Choice plans will still include things that the State has determined must be included, such as Alzheimer's and Pregnancy Complications.
The health coverage tax credit program is also available to help certain individuals pay for insurance, this can make health insurance much more affordable if you're eligible. If you're on a pension you're likely to qualify, as well as if you are a displaced worker.
There is also the choice between Fee-for-service plans, and Managed Care plans. Managed care plans may be cheaper as may be required to go to the health care professionals that the insurance company dictates, where as Fee-for-service plans allow you to go anywhere you want.
Another excellent way to save money on your insurance is to see if you can get it as part of a group. Perhaps your employer offers insurance, or your union. Other associations that offer the chance to get in on a group plan are churches and professional associations.
Be smart, look around, and explore your options. That's the best way to save on health insurance and get a good deal.