Anthem Blue Cross insureds in California just got a temporary reprieve from a BIG rate increase of up to 39%, but premiums across the country continue to climb.

What can you do when your health premium jumps?

  1. Ask if your insurer offers any discounts for health club or fitness class enrollment.
  2. Find out if a “Consumer Driven Health Plan” such as a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings (HSA) or Health Reimbursement account (HRA) make sense for you. These let you put aside pre-tax dollars to pay for certain medical expenses such as: birth control, prescriptions, doctor visits. The funds can also help cover your deductible.
  3. Raise your deductible.
  4. Consider switching to a cheaper type of plan (e.g. HMO versus PPO). Are there any association/group plans you might qualify for?
  5. Shop and compare. Get quotes from a reputable broker and one or two trustworthy online is a good place to start.
  6. Stay healthy by eating right and exercising.
  7. Keep your credit score as high as possible and correct any errors in your reports. Use the search box at to find articles about high deductible plans and other health insurance matters.