Columbia, S.C. – A down economy generally means fewer high school graduates who can afford to go on to college, and fewer college graduates finding jobs with benefits — a double whammy for the ranks of the uninsured.
Health care reform legislation that allows parents to keep their children on their plans until age 26 won’t kick in for six more months. Even when it does start, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina advises consumers to compare prices between individual and family policies.
“While many graduates will forego health insurance to save money, this is dangerous. Accidents and unforeseen illnesses can be financially devastating. We advise these individuals not to wait to get coverage,” said BlueCross Assistant Vice President Irving Albrecht.
BlueCross’ Blue SpectrumSM plans, Personal BlueSM Basic and Personal BlueSM Secure, feature the options of lower premium prices and flexibility in benefits so these former students don’t have to pay for coverage they don’t need or want.
Here are some tips for graduates to consider when shopping for insurance:
BlueCross’ plans start at $49.23 a month — that’s about $1.58 a day. Details can be obtained by going to www.insuremygrad.com or by calling 800-991-3501.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comprises more than 30 companies involved in health insurance services, U.S. DoD health program and Medicare contracts, other insurance and employee benefits services, and a philanthropic foundation that funds programs to improve health care and access to health care for South Carolinians.