Teacher’s Health Insurance Guide: Save Big With This Insider Secret

June 20, 2023


Teachers Health Insurance Guide Save Big with this insider secret - Revolt Healthcare Alliance
As a teacher, you have a unique benefits selection process that is anything but “one size fits all.” 

Your school district probably offers teachers health insurance as part of their benefits package but understanding the different health plans and insurance coverages available to you (even outside your district’s offering) and determining which option is the best fit for your family can be challenging. 

As experts in the industry, we’re here to help teachers understand what your district is offering, what other options are available, and share the #1 tip that has helped teachers save hundreds of dollars every month. 

Teachers deserve to have affordable health insurance with the level of coverage that is right for them – and with these tips and tricks getting there is even easier than you think!

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Your Health Benefits Package

When considering health insurance options, the first step is to carefully review the health benefits package offered by your school district. 

Your package will typically include details about the available health plans, coverage options, premiums, and out-of-pocket expenses.

Here are some typical benefits that may be included in a teacher’s benefit package:

Health Insurance, Retirement Plans, Paid Time Off, Sick Leave, Professional Development, Tuition Reimbursement, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs offer counseling, support, and referral services), and other Discounts and Perks.

It’s important to note that these benefits can vary significantly depending on the specific school district and institution. Teachers should refer to their employment contracts or consult with their employers to understand the specific benefits they are entitled to. 

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Common Types Of Health Insurance Offered To Teachers

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Plans:

PPO plans are a common option for teachers. They offer a network of healthcare providers, and teachers have the flexibility to choose providers both within and outside the network. PPO plans usually require the payment of deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Plans:

HMO plans are another popular choice for teachers. These plans typically have a network of healthcare providers, and teachers are required to choose a primary care physician (PCP) who coordinates their care. Referrals from the PCP are usually needed to see specialists. HMO plans often have lower out-of-pocket costs compared to PPO plans but may have more restrictions on provider choices.

High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs):

Some school districts offer HDHPs with HSAs to teachers. These plans have higher deductibles, but they also offer the opportunity to contribute to a tax-advantaged HSA. Teachers can use the HSA funds to pay for eligible medical expenses.

Point of Service (POS) Plans:

POS plans are a hybrid of PPO and HMO plans. Teachers in POS plans have a network of providers but can also seek care outside the network, although with higher out-of-pocket costs. Like HMO plans, POS plans often require a PCP referral for specialist care.

Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) Plans:

EPO plans are similar to HMO plans but do not require a PCP referral for specialist care. However, like HMO plans, teachers may be limited to a specific network of providers.

Plans offered can vary depending on the school district or educational institution.

Balancing Premiums And Coverage

One of the primary tradeoffs teachers face when selecting a health insurance plan is the balance between premiums and coverage. Premiums are the monthly payments you make for the insurance, while coverage refers to the benefits provided by the plan.

Lower premium plans often have higher out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and copayments, whereas higher premium plans generally offer more comprehensive coverage.

It’s important to consider your own health needs, budget, and risk tolerance when making this decision.

Are you relatively healthy and rarely require medical attention? In that case, a plan with lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs might be suitable.

However, if you have pre-existing conditions or anticipate regular medical expenses, a plan with higher premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs could offer greater financial security.

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#1 Insider Secret To Save Big:

While many districts will cover anywhere from 50% – 100% of the teacher’s health insurance premium, teachers are often surprised to discover that their district may not be contributing anything at all to their family’s premium–

– this can amount to hundreds of dollars being deducted from the teacher’s paycheck to cover their family’s monthly premium. 

For Example: Sarah, * a teacher in Carrollton, TX, was having nearly $1,300 deducted from her paycheck every month to cover the health insurance premiums for her family of five. 

#1 Insider Secret: Find out how much (if anything) your district contributes to your dependent’s health insurance premiums.

What can teachers do if their district doesn’t contribute to their dependent’s premiums?

Get a separate plan for their spouse and kids. 

Sarah shopped around on the marketplace and even looked at healthcare sharing ministry options before she met with one of our licensed agents.

Our expert was able to move her spouse and kids to their own private healthcare plan for only $521 per month! Their new plan even comes with a PPO network, $0 copays, and $0 outpatient deductibles. 

Since Sarah’s district covered her premium at nearly 100%, she was able to stay on her district’s plan for only $19 a month! 

This simple switch saved Sarah’s family almost $760 per month!
That’s a savings of over $9,000 per year! 

Bottom Line:
If you’ve been paying a high premium, talk to one of our agents to find out if your district is contributing to your dependent’s health insurance coverage – if they aren’t you can easily save thousands of dollars a year by switching your dependents to their own plan. 

*Sarah’s name was changed to protect her privacy.

Teachers Cost Comparison Chart Showing Private Health Insurance Plan For Dependents is Less Expensive

Network Considerations

Health insurance plans often have networks of healthcare providers, including doctors, specialists, hospitals, and clinics.

In-network providers have agreed to provide services at negotiated rates, which are typically lower than out-of-network rates.

When selecting a plan, it’s essential to consider the size and accessibility of the network, particularly if you have specific healthcare providers you prefer or need access to specialists.

Prescription Drug Coverage

Another crucial factor to evaluate is the prescription drug coverage provided by different health insurance plans.  Prescription medications can be a significant expense, and having comprehensive coverage for the medications you need is vital.

Review the formulary, which is a list of covered medications, and ensure that your current prescriptions are included. If you have ongoing or chronic conditions, consider the plan’s coverage for maintenance medications as well.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses and Deductibles

Out-of-pocket expenses, including deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, are costs that you must pay in addition to your premiums.

Deductibles are the amount you must pay before the insurance starts covering your expenses.

Copayments are fixed amounts you pay for specific services, such as doctor visits or prescriptions, while coinsurance is the percentage of costs you share with the insurance company after meeting your deductible.

Understanding your potential out-of-pocket expenses and deductibles is crucial when evaluating different health insurance plans.

Consider your typical healthcare needs and budget to assess how these costs may impact your overall financial well-being.

Flexibility and Portability

Teachers often face unique challenges related to their profession, such as moving between school districts or even states.

It’s important to consider the flexibility and portability of the health insurance plans offered. Will your coverage extend if you change districts or move to another state?

Understanding the portability options can help ensure uninterrupted health coverage during such transitions.

Top Frequently Asked Questions About Teacher Health Insurance:

Do Teachers Get Health Insurance?

Yes, teachers typically receive health insurance coverage as part of their benefits package.

The specific details of the health insurance plan can vary depending on the school district and educational institution, including factors such as the level of coverage, provider networks, and out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and copayments. Teachers should consult their employment contracts or benefits administrators to understand the specific health insurance coverage provided to them.

Is Teachers' Health Insurance Good?

The quality of teachers' health insurance can vary. It depends on factors such as the specific plan, the school district, and the region. Some teachers may have access to comprehensive and affordable health insurance plans with a wide network of providers, while others may have more limited coverage or higher out-of-pocket costs.

It's incredibly important to consult a licensed health insurance agent for help selecting the plan that is right for you.

Can I opt-out of the health insurance plan provided by my district?

Yes, in most school districts, you are not required to participate in the health insurance plan offered by your school district.

Can I include my dependents in the health insurance plan?

Yes, most school districts allow teachers to include their eligible dependents in their health insurance plan. But be sure to count the cost of adding your dependents. While some districts contribute to your dependents coverage, many do not, and this has left many teachers paying outrageously high premiums.

Check out our #1 tip to save hundreds of dollars a month for more info.

Why Is Teachers' Health Insurance So Expensive?

Teachers' health insurance can be expensive due to several factors:

Rising Healthcare Costs: Healthcare costs have been steadily increasing, driven by factors such as advanced medical technology, prescription drug costs, and the overall demand for healthcare services. These rising costs affect health insurance premiums, including those for teachers.

Comprehensive Coverage: Teachers often have access to comprehensive health insurance plans that offer a wide range of benefits and coverage options. More extensive coverage generally comes with higher premiums.

Risk Pool: The composition of the risk pool within a school district or educational institution can impact insurance costs. If the pool consists of a larger number of individuals with higher healthcare utilization or pre-existing health conditions, it can lead to increased insurance premiums.

Negotiated Benefits: Teachers' health insurance plans may be the result of negotiations between teachers' unions or associations and the school district. The negotiated benefits may include certain provisions or features that contribute to the overall cost.

Geographic Factors: Healthcare costs can vary depending on the region or state. Areas with higher healthcare costs, such as regions with a higher cost of living or limited provider competition, can result in more expensive health insurance for teachers.

How Much Does Teachers' Health Insurance Cost?

Naturally, health insurance costs vary from state to state and district to district. For example: this year, teacher’s in Texas who are looking at a family health insurance plan will be paying around $1,400/month and that premium varies widely among the different regions.

In contrast, a family of 4 in Texas on our private healthcare plan from would be looking at a premium around $850 – That’s a huge difference in the district’s offering vs what teachers can get privately.

How much your health insurance will cost you specifically, will depend largely on the percentage that your school district contributes. While there is no fixed standard, here are some general ranges that can provide an idea:

Partial Contribution: Many school districts typically contribute a portion of the health insurance premiums, rather than covering the entire cost. The employer's contribution can range from around 50% to 100% of the premium amount. This means that teachers would be responsible for paying the remaining percentage out of their own pockets.

Fixed Dollar Amount: In some cases, the school district may contribute a fixed dollar amount towards the health insurance premiums. For example, they may provide a set amount per month or per year, and the teacher is responsible for covering the remainder of the premium costs.

Tiered Contribution: School districts may have different contribution levels based on the coverage tier. For instance, they might contribute a higher percentage towards individual coverage and a lower percentage towards family coverage.

It's important to note that these ranges are general estimates, and the actual contribution percentages can vary widely across the country and as we mentioned in our #1 tip to save more this open enrollment season, teachers should always check to see if the district is contributing anything to their dependents coverage – or the teacher can end up paying a high premium out of their own pocket. Teachers should refer to their employment contracts or consult with their school district's benefits administrators or teachers' union for accurate information regarding the employer's contribution towards health insurance premiums.

What happens if I retire or leave the teaching profession?

When you retire or leave the teaching profession, your health insurance coverage may change. It's important to understand the options available to you, such as continuation of coverage through COBRA or retiree health benefits. Contact your school district's benefits department for guidance on the specific procedures and timelines.

Choosing the right health insurance plan is a vital decision for teachers, impacting both their financial well-being and overall quality of care.

By considering factors such as cost, coverage, and individual needs, educators can make informed decisions that align with their unique circumstances. Remember, it’s essential to strike a balance between affordability and coverage to ensure your health insurance plan truly meets your needs. 

Many teachers can even take advantage of our #1 Insider Secret to save hundreds of dollars every month and receive better benefits for their families by checking on their district’s contributions to their dependent’s premiums!

(Not sure how? Give us a call 855.738.6585 – we’re happy to help!)

By understanding the tradeoffs and challenges associated with different health insurance options, teachers can navigate the complexities of the system and secure suitable coverage. Don’t hesitate to consult with HR representatives or our insurance experts to gain further insights into the available options. 

Remember, your health is a valuable asset that deserves careful consideration!

Use the free checklist below to help you evaluate which health insurance option may be right for you!

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