Learn About Different Types of Health Insurance

In the United States, understanding health insurance can be difficult because there are so many different components.

There are many different health insurance categories and types of plans that you must consider before you can think about the other aspects. Once you have a good understanding of the networks available and the type of insurance you need, you can begin thinking about premiums and deductibles before choosing a plan.

The category of insurance that you select determines the percentage that you pay. The more that you pay for your insurance premium, the more coverage you receive and the less you have to pay out of pocket for medical expenses.

You should also note that the type of coverage you receive will determine which doctors you can see because only doctors in your network are covered. Some plans do not provide any coverage for services that are out of network.

Once you are familiar with the different types of plans, networks and categories, you can better understand the other details regarding your insurance. This understanding can also make it much simpler to find and enroll in a good plan.

Discover How to Find Affordable Health Insurance

It can be difficult to find inexpensive health insurance plans, especially if you need coverage for your large family. You may be able to obtain low-cost coverage if you qualify for an advanced premium tax credit. This credit is a subsidy that helps with paying for your premium.

Or, a cost-sharing reduction may be a beneficial option to consider as well. The cost-sharing reduction lowers your deductible so that you are expected to pay less for out-of-pocket expenses. These options are available if you do not receive health benefits from your employer and instead must purchase your own plan.

Note: Other reductions may be obtained if you receive VA benefits, if you are a member of a tribe that is federally-recognized, or if you are a shareholder of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) corporation.

When you shop for health coverage, you must keep in mind that even if the plan is inexpensive in certain aspects, that can mean that it is expensive in others. For instance, if you have a small monthly premium cost for the plan, you may have a very high deductible. As a result, you are responsible for most costs out-of-pocket until that deductible is met.

This means that if you have large medical expenses incurred before your deductible reaches zero, you are responsible for paying all of those costs. Because of this, you may benefit more from a plan that has a higher monthly premium but a lower deductible.

Learn How to Get Health Insurance Quotes

It is also a good idea to receive multiple insurance quotes before you choose a plan so that you can compare the prices and coverage of each plan first. You can easily obtain free insurance quotes online from insurance companies simply by visiting their website and providing basic information.

Or, you may be able to receive a quote by speaking directly with a representative over the phone or in-person by visiting the company’s office.

When you compare quotes, ensure that you compare all aspects of the plan. Look at the premium costs, the amount of coverage you receive, the deductible and the network. After you have considered all parts of the plan, you can decide which coverage option is best for your family.

Find Out About Health Insurance Plans

There are many different health insurance plans available. It is crucial to understand what the different options are in order to decide what the best fit for your family is. A few common types of plans include:

  • Point of Service (POS): This plan allows customers to see out-of-network doctors but provides discounts for in-network doctors.
  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO): This plan allows customers to see out-of-network doctors without a referral and without paying an additional cost.
  • Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO): Customers with this plan can only receive coverage when seeing doctors that are in the network.
  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO): This plan provides coverage only when customers visit doctors that have HMO contracts.  

Other health care plans that you should be aware of include short-term, long-term and supplemental health insurance plans. To learn more about these plans, review the sections below:

Learn About Short-Term Health Insurance

You may qualify for short-term health insurance coverage in certain situations. This type of coverage is generally used during transitional periods and does not last for longer than a year. You may be able to obtain this coverage if you:

  • Wish to avoid a coverage gap before obtaining Medicare
  • Are 26 years old and must leave your parents’ insurance plan
  • No longer receive coverage through an employer insurance plan
  • Missed the open enrollment period for Marketplace healthcare

In certain situations, you may be able to receive coverage on the same day that you apply for short-term coverage. You can also choose your deductible and coverage length out of the options provided. This insurance also allows you to discontinue using the plan without needing to pay a penalty fee.

Learn About  Long-Term Health Insurance

This type of insurance is designed to provide assistance with health care costs if you are unable to care for yourself due to a disability or health condition. It typically provides assistance with paying for programs such as a nursing home, assisted living and more.

It is important to look into long-term care options in advance in order to secure affordable premiums. If you do not apply in advance, the rates may be much more expensive. Long-term insurance can be costly, so ensure that it is a good fit for you financially before enrolling.

Learn About Supplemental Health Insurance

Most insurance plans are required to provide coverage for certain services such as preventative care, prenatal care and wellness checks. However, there are often various health services that are not covered and can end up costing you a lot of money including dental work for adults, eye examinations and more. Supplemental insurance is designed to help cover the costs of specific types of health care needs.

A few of the most common supplemental insurance plans include the following:

  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Long-term insurance
  • Short-term insurance
  • Hospital indemnity insurance
  • Critical illness insurance
  • Travel insurance

Before you enroll in a plan, ensure that you look into various health insurance providers and compare the quotes that you receive from each company. Consider what type of coverage your family needs most, along with your specific medical needs and your budget. Lastly, ensure that you apply to receive coverage before any applicable deadlines.