It is no secret that the benefits of seeing a personal trainer are amazing. For the good of your wellness, your overall health, a balanced diet and a personal trainer combo is ideal. A personal trainer is going to tailor everything to you, your fitness goals, and your ailments.
The biggest detractor that people usually have regarding seeing a personal trainer, though, have to do with cost. Will your health insurance help in this area?
If the personal trainer is deemed medically necessary by a physician, some coverage may exist.
Health insurance is required by law, but finding the right balance between benefits and price can be tricky.
What they are going to offer you regarding coverages and the premium that you pay, is all going to vary from one to the next. Whether a health insurance policy will help pay for personal training will also vary widely.
Every Insurance Carrier is Different
Health insurance carriers are in the market for business. One of the ways that they achieve business is through differentiation. Some may play strictly for the lowest price point, trying to win over the business in that way.
Those that differentiate from one to another, though, are going to be the carriers that offer up unique coverage types. Personal training coverage is going to fall under this unique coverage area. Not all health insurance carriers are going to give you the opportunity to have coverage for the sessions you take, but some will.
The important thing to note here is that, as a consumer, the power is in your hands. You can shop the market when you are buying a health insurance policy. If you are already covered, get some details on your policy. You may be surprised to find out that the policy you have now covers more (like personal training) than you thought it would.
What Coverage May Apply
When you have a health insurance policy that covers personal training, it usually does so via an allowance. The way that this is going to work is that the policy will allow you to be reimbursed up to a certain amount annually for the sessions that you sign up for. The allowance can also usually work for a gym membership.
Let us use the example of a health insurance policy that will reimburse you up to $120 per year for a gym or personal training sessions. What this means is that providing evidence to your insurance carrier, you will get a $120 check back for taking sessions with a trainer or paying a gym membership.
Other health insurance policies may provide you with an allowance of sessions they will cover annually, up to a maximum dollar amount. You could get coverage for up to 10 sessions or $500, meaning if the session is more than $50 each, you are going to be responsible to pay for the extra cost yourself.
Personal Trainer Payment Methods
Just like with a gym, you cannot pay a personal trainer with a health insurance card. Everything that you pay a personal trainer will come out of your pocket first. After that, you will be able to seek the aforementioned reimbursement options from your actual health insurance carrier.
Figure Out the Coverage Early
You want to do your homework early on so that you have an understanding of what coverages you will receive. The last thing that you want to do is start personal training sessions thinking that they will be reimbursed by your health insurance carrier, only to find out after that they are not. This misconception can leave you spending more out-of-pocket money than you originally anticipated.
Have a firm grasp of the details of your health insurance policy so that you are not surprised in the end. You may get the training workout you need and be reimbursed for it!
Health insurance is a way to help reduce fitness costs and let you get all of the benefits with less money coming directly from you. If what you have now does not provide the coverage you seek, seek an alternative that can better meet your coverage needs. As a consumer, you have the power to shop the insurance market.