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Accident & Health Insurance
You’ve got medical, dental and vision insurance — plus a flexible spending account for good measure. If you have an accidental injury, you’re financially covered… right?
Not entirely. Even the best health insurance could leave you with unexpected costs. That’s where accident insurance can help.
Let’s look at an example. Say, you fall from a ladder while hanging holiday lights. That single event could come with multiple expenses — from riding in the ambulance and staying at the hospital to getting medical procedures, medications, and more. An average trip to the ER costs around $1,139. After you’re discharged, you might still need follow-up care, crutches, or rehab. And all of that is in addition to other everyday expenses, like taking a taxi if you can't drive or ordering food delivery.
With accident insurance, you receive payments to use at your discretion. In this example, that could include everything from your deductible or coinsurance, to groceries or rides to work.
Still not convinced accident insurance is worth it? Here are a few more reasons to consider:
We’d all love to think we’ll never get in an accident, but they’re more common than you’d expect. In fact, U.S. emergency rooms get about 35 million visits annually due to unintentional injuries. Children are also more prone to accidents. Each year, more than 775,000 kids, 14 years old and under, are treated in ERs for sports-related injuries. It is worth considering having accident insurance for your whole family.
Even if you think you or your family will never get hurt, it's best to be prepared.
If you get in an accident, you might need to take off work for physical therapy or follow-up care. In some cases, you might not be able to work at all due to broken bones or the inability to drive.
When that happens, working fewer hours can make money tight—especially if you're on the hook for multiple medical bills. Accident insurance can provide extra cash during periods of income loss.
As long as you’re actively working, coverage is typically guaranteed. That means no questionnaires or biometric exams to take, and you’re covered no matter your health situation. This comes in handy if a prior medical issue puts you at risk for falls or other accidents.
Accident insurance is often portable as well, meaning that if you change your job, you can keep your plan as long as you meet certain criteria. Check with an accident insurance plan administrator at your workplace to learn more.
Many plans come with ancillary benefits for limb loss, accidental death, paralysis, or blindness. Having that extra protection can keep you (or your loved ones) from absorbing the full financial impact of a serious accident.
Many employers offer accident insurance as part of their benefits packages, making it easy to sign up. If you have access to it through your employer, you can potentially save time and money. Here's how:
Open enrollment is the perfect time to consider protecting yourself and your family with accident insurance. Ask your benefits administrator (or your spouse’s) if they offer accident insurance, which plans are available and how to sign up.
This article is intended to provide general information about insurance. It does not describe any Metropolitan Life Insurance company product or feature.