Health insurance has changed dramatically in the last three years. Before The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), aka Obamacare, people with pre-existing conditions would not be eligible or be discriminated against in premium hikes due to their health. Since the ACA, no insurer could charge or deny you coverage based on your health or pre-existing condition.
The Affordable Care Act mandated plans both inside and outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace to offer 10 Essential Health Benefits to everyone without discrimination; emergency services, hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative services; lab services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.
Today, families and individuals can qualify based on family size and income to help them with the cost of the monthly plan premiums called a “tax credit.”
Policies are available for those not wishing to participate in the Marketplace. Those plans still cover the 10 Essential Health Benefits. When someone chooses not to enroll in a Marketplace plan, they will not have the option to see if they qualify for a tax credit to help them with the monthly plan premiums. Enrolling in these plans will keep you from being penalized for not having health insurance.
Dental and Vision plans are not included for adults in the health plans. They are offered separately, and there are many plans to choose from to fit your budget.
When you become eligible for Medicare, whether it’s because you turned 65 or have been on disability for 24 months, we also offer a wide range of Medicare Advantage and Supplemental plans.
Starting a family is a major undertaking and will change everything about your life. Now that you are responsible for the health and wellbeing of your children, having good health insurance takes on a whole new meaning. When you are single, it is easy to shrug off the importance of health coverage. Now that you have a family, your policy will need to offer a whole lot more.
Before you need health coverage for your child, you will need coverage for the pregnancy. The nine months prior to birth and the delivery itself will put a big strain on your wallet if you don’t have good coverage. That’s why it’s important to plan ahead for starting a family. Good prenatal care will give your child the best start in life, so be sure you are covered for it.
In the first few years of life your child will need regular well visits with a pediatrician as well as many vaccinations for protection from dangerous childhood diseases. In fact, it may seem you are constantly headed to the doctor’s office with your child, and that’s just when they are healthy. With their immature immune systems, children are susceptible to all kinds of illness, from colds to ear infections and more. Expect to visit the pediatrician several times a year for illness. Because children are also clumsy and impulsive, especially in the toddler and preschool years, they are also prone to accidents that may send you to the emergency room.
Your health plan has to be up to the task of keeping your child covered through all of the bumps, bruises, fevers, and mistakenly swallowed items that are such common parts of growing up.
When choosing a health plan for your family, look first for good maternity coverage, unless you have already had children and don’t plan to have more. Next, you will want something with low co-pays for office visits, since you will probably have a good number of those. Also check on what you would be expected to pay out of pocket for an emergency room visit. You will usually be responsible for a co-pay unless the child is admitted to the hospital. In that case, a different sort of co-insurance may apply. Check what percentage of emergency room bills and hospitalization is covered under the plan.
Family health plans carrying deductibles generally have a per person deductible as well as a family deductible that has to be met. These are good numbers to know when comparing health plans.
If you are switching health plans and would like to keep your current pediatrician, you will want to look for a PPO.Continue Reading