MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As 2017 approaches, HealthValues encourages consumers to evaluate their current health care plans to protect themselves from financial hardships in the New Year and beyond. HealthValues, a first-of-its-kind supplemental insurance and health care package, provides an immediate financial solution to make medical care more affordable, empowering consumers with online tools, resources, and long-term benefits to proactively manage health needs without compromising their financial future.
"Health care costs have soared, and many consumers cannot afford the care they need. While health care is expensive, we believe that through technology and group buying power, we can help make it more affordable and more accessible," said Jeff Smedsrud, founder of HealthValues. "We're on a mission to help consumers maximize the value and impact of their health care decisions so they can focus on what really matters."
According to the Millman Medical Index, a typical family of four will incur $10,000 in annual out-of-pocket expenses for direct and in-direct medical care. Currently, of those insured in the individual market, almost 90 percent have a high deductible health plan—and the rise in deductibles makes it critical for consumers to be smarter when it comes to their health care expenses.
"Financial and health care planning are now intrinsically linked, and navigating health care options is one of the largest financial decisions an individual or family can make. HealthValues helps reduce out-of-pocket expenses and provides an alternative solution to make health care more accessible and economical in the long run," said Smedsrud.
With an affordable membership fee starting at $19.99 a year, HealthValues carries a package of supplemental health insurance and non-insurance benefits that offer immediate access to services that help consumers save on everyday health care expenses. This includes free and unlimited doctor consultations, discounts on prescription drugs, and low pricing on X-rays, imaging and surgeries. HealthValues also offers supplemental cash insurance benefits to pay for unexpected costs associated with accidents and critical illness. Further helping consumers take control of their health care, select packages offer free medical bill negotiation, as well as fair price and quality score ratings.
"With the pending changes under the new president-elect, a lot of uncertainty exists surrounding the future of the health care industry in 2017, and consumers realize proactive action is needed to safeguard their financial futures. HealthValues has seen a 400 percent increase in sales since the beginning of open enrollment on Nov. 1," added Smedsrud.
As the health care industry continually evolves, consumers are signaling a need for improved health care solutions. According to a recent survey conducted by HealthValues, 44 percent of consumers show a desire to learn more about supplemental insurance and over half of respondents stated save-on medical and online tools to be the most valuable options for health care. As a trusted partner, HealthValues is a reliable resource offering these benefits that lessen the burden of health care expenses.
HealthValues is brought to you by Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit, Fortune 500 company with an over 100-year history of helping members be wise with money and live generously. For more information on supplemental packages or enrollment, visit www.healthvalues.org.
HealthValues serves as a first-of-its-kind organization to help consumers boldly act and be wiser about health care spending. Designed to help individuals proactively manage their health care costs and pay for unexpected accidents or illnesses, HealthValues provides money-saving supplemental insurance to avoid the out-of-pocket financial burden imposed by large medical bills. It also provides non-insurance benefits that make health care more accessible, such as free and unlimited doctor consultations, discounts on prescription drugs and low pricing on x-rays, imaging and surgeries. Membership benefits start at $19.99 a year and include a 10-day trial period. To find out more, visit www.healthvalues.org.
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