Unfortunately, while the state has taken the important step of putting a rate cap on health plans sold to people with pre-existing conditions, few other protections afforded the individual market. There are but minimal guidelines to guarantee access to the individual market and no high-risk pool has been established. Moreover, the state is not among those who have taken the innovative, if counterintuitive, approach of allowing individuals to purchase "group of one" small group health plans. It's also worth noting that, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, employers seem to follow the same guidelines and priorities as the state legislator: Employers contribute slightly more to employees' family employee plans but slightly less to employees' single coverage plans. Of course, this won't come as a surprise to native Buckeye residents who are well aware of the state's family-friendly reputation.
The only way to get a marketplace plan or cost assistance is through your state’s Health Insurance Marketplace. That being said, some major brokers and providers can help you find out if you qualify for subsidizes and some can help you enroll in a marketplace plan. So in some cases you have your choice between getting help from your state’s marketplace or from an outside broker or agent. The benefit to choosing an agent outside the marketplace (like us) is that they can present other non-marketplace plan options too.
The Hill-Burton program, while limited in scope, provides funds to hospitals and other health care facilities in exchange for their provision of a specified amount of free or reduced cost health care to low-income people. To find out if you qualify for Hill-Burton assistance you must apply at the admissions or business office at a Hill-Burton facility. Also see the directory of Hill-Burton facilities (HRSA).
A POS is also somewhat similar to an HMO, and you will need a referral. These are also pretty rare, and the deductibles are usually higher than HMOs. And now you’re thinking, “OK, they’re rare? Why do they even exist? Why do I even care?” The main selling point is that it is a pretty affordable health insurance plan, like an HMO, but you can see doctors out of the network – if you’re willing to pay a higher fee for it.
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Manning & Napier's Ms. George noticed consumers jury-rigging these sorts of arrangements on their own, with sometimes troublesome results. In some cases, people had to file every claim with all insurers on the menu so that every possible dollar could be recouped. That became complicated, so recently, the company rolled out combo plans with single insurers to make the claims process easier.
The Cost-Sharing Reduction helps lower or even cover the amount you pay out of pocket when you receive health care. This means that when you go to the doctor's office, get an x-ray, or visit the emergency room, you can have your out-of-pocket expenses (e.g. deductibles, copay, coinsurance) lowered by having your health insurance provider cover more of your costs.
HMOs are cheaper, but there are more restrictions for coverage; for instance, if you want to see a specialist, you generally will need to get a referral from your primary care doctor. A lot of people tend to complain about those referrals since it means an extra visit and co-pay to a doctor, and if you’re in pain, that’s extra time you’re spending not getting treatment from a specialist. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get an HMO. It’s just something to think about.
Outside of that time, you can qualify for Special Enrollment Period with “qualifying life events”. Some of these events include divorce, loss of employment, income change, new dependents, or moving to a new area. You will have to prove that you had a qualifying life event, and find health insurance within a certain window of time. Shopping with the help of resources at eHealth helps make this process faster, and get you covered as soon as possible.