This depends on you and your present health condition. We encourage you to visit iHealthAgents GoodRx Prescription Tool and review your own prescriptions to see if you can save any money. While STM plans typically don’t cover prescriptions (some actually do), for most healthy individuals this isn’t a concern. I personally take an expensive name brand prescription that costs me $300 a month even with GoodRx, however, that said, I’m saving $1,100 a month by choosing STM over an ACA plan so for me it still makes perfect sense.
America’s Health Rankings, compiled by the United Health Foundation, ranked California 16th overall in 2016, the same spot the state held in 2015. In the 2017 edition of the rankings, California fell one place, to 17th. Air pollution, pertussis, and disparity in health status by education level are the state’s biggest public health challenges. But the state has a low incidence of tobacco use, preventable hospitalizations, and infant mortality.
By comparison, the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance 2015 placed California 26th, but the state jumped 12 spots, to 14th place, in the 2017 Scorecard. While the majority of the state’s health indicators had relatively middle-of-the-road placement, the state fared very well in terms of tobacco use and percentage of the population that suffered from tooth loss (2nd place in both cases). But California ranked 50th in terms of the percentage of children with a medical home.
If your parent has job-based health insurance and his or her employer subsidizes family premiums, your health insurance premiums will be paid in part by your parent’s employer. The rest of the monthly premium will be taken out of your parent’s paycheck. If your parent’s employer doesn’t subsidize family coverage, your entire monthly premium will be deducted from your parent’s paycheck.
Though costs, coverage, and other particulars may differ from state to state, all states have Medicaid programs to provide coverage to a variety of people, including those with lower incomes, people with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant women, families, and children. CHIP was created to cover children in families that do not meet Medicaid income requirements. In some states, pregnant women can be covered under CHIP.
Now for the tough part. You need to compare the costs of each plan -- and not just the premium prices. The bronze plans will definitely have the cheapest premiums, but they only pay 60% of medical costs versus 90% for platinum plans. When businesses buy products and services, they look at something called "total cost of ownership", which includes all costs associated with the purchase. To truly find cheap health insurance, you need to take this same approach.
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.