Here are some tips to consider when choosing a health insurance level: Insurance carriers do not have to offer all of the level plans.
• If you expect a lot of doctor visits or need regular prescriptions: You may want a Gold plan or Platinum plan. These plans generally have higher monthly premiums but pay more of your costs when you need care.
• If you don’t expect to use regular medical services and don’t take regular prescriptions: You may want a Silver, Bronze, or Catastrophic plan. These plans cost you less per month, but pay less of your costs when you need care. You must meet eligibility requirements to purchase a Catastrophic plan.
• If you qualify for savings on out-of-pocket costs: Most people will need to enroll in a Silver plan if you want to take advantage of these savings. If you qualify for “cost-sharing reductions” based on your income, you can have a lower deductible and pay lower out-of-pocket costs when you get care – but only if you enroll in a Silver plan.
• If you’re under 30 or have a hardship exemption and want low monthly premiums: You may want to choose a Catastrophic plan designed to protect you from worst-case scenarios, like serious accidents or diseases. These plans generally have the lowest premiums, but pay the lowest share of health costs.