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Buy Maternity Insurance before Getting Pregnant

March 1, 2009 | Healthcare | Insurance | My Ramblings | 1 Comment
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A couple of years ago I was unemployed, and my wife was working for herself as a personal trainer.  We purchased our own medical insurance because it was much cheaper than paying the Cobra insurance premiums offered by the company that laid me off.

A few weeks after being laid off, my wife unexpectedly got pregnant.  We were very excited!  I then assumed I could call my insurance company and tell them to add maternity insurance to my policy for an additional few hundred dollars per month.  Boy, was I in for a rude awakening!  My insurance company, Aetna, didn’t offer maternity insurance, so I shopped around and soon learned that you have to purchase maternity insurance before getting pregnant.  Also, many insurance companies require you to pay the premiums for 1 year before becoming pregnant.  If you got pregnant before the 1 year period, the policy may only cover 50% of normal charges.

Being pregnant is considered a pre-existing condition and many insurance companies will not want to cover you.  If they do offer coverage, your premium will be extremely high, possibly over $1,000 per month.  The average delivery of a baby costs about $10,000, assuming there are no complications.  The insurance companies are in business to make money. So charging you a few hundred dollars in premiums makes no sense, when they will be hit with an $8,000 bill, assuming you pay 20% of the cost.

So the advice here is to plan ahead.   Before you become pregnant, make sure you have maternity insurance or it may cause you dearly.  Unfortunately, my wife had a miscarriage very early into that pregnancy.  By the time she got pregnant again, we had maternity insurance with my new employer.  

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One Comment to “Buy Maternity Insurance before Getting Pregnant”

  1. Buy Insurance After Pregnant | Find My Insurance
    5:50 am on September 16th, 2014

    […] Buy Maternity Insurance before Getting Pregnant – A couple of years ago I was unemployed, and my wife was working for herself as a personal trainer. We purchased our own medical insurance because it was much cheaper than paying the Cobra insurance premiums offered by the company that laid me off. […]

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