Who are the major Pennsylvania health insurance companies?
Aetna, UnitedHealthcare, Independence Blue Cross, UPMC, Keystone, Capital Blue Cross, Highmark, Geisinger, Humana, and Cigna offer competitive under-65 and Senior rates in Pennsylvania. Occasionally, other carriers offer group or off-Exchange plans that should be considered. Of course, some of the carriers are regional, such as Geisinger and Keystone.
What is “catastrophic” health coverage and should I consider it?
“Catastrophic” insurance plans are designed to cover major medical expenses, such as inpatient and outpatient hospital visits, surgical expenses and emergency room charges. Pennsylvania Premiums are fairly low, but office visits and prescriptions are generally limited, compared to other more comprehensive options. For healthy individuals and families, this type of coverage can potentially save a substantial amount of premiums, and is worth considering, especially since preventive coverage is provided with no waiting period.
When enrolling in a Marketplace plan, you must be under age 30, or prove "financial hardship" to qualify for these types of policies. Also, since a federal subsidy will not be provided on "catastrophic-tier" contracts, often a Bronze or Silver option is less expensive, and provides more coverage.
Sometimes, "blended" policies are offered, which combine high deductible and coinsurance with upgraded office visit and RX benefits. You still will pay more for larger claims but also receive better coverage for routine events. "Value" and "Saver" are often descriptions used for these types of policies.
What if I only need coverage for a few months?
A “short-term” policy could be your best option. Prices are substantially lower than comprehensive policies and you may select the number of months you would like to be insured. Applications are brief and are often approved within 24 hours. At any time you can cancel your policy. Generally, coverage can be kept for up to 6-12 months.If you need a cheap Pa short-term healthcare quote, it takes less than two minutes to calculate.
UnitedHealthcare and UPMC offer excellent options. Highmark and Capital Blue Cross are also good choices although their plans are not available in all parts of the state. Aetna does not offer this type of coverage at this time. Since you can cancel policies with a simple request, you can buy a more benefit-rich plan, although it will cost more.
How Do I Buy Health Insurance In Pa Through The Exchange?
"Exchange" policies are the contracts that originated from the passage of Affordable Care Act federal legislation. All plans are guaranteed to be approved, regardless of what medical conditions you may have (or had). Federal tax assistance is provided to persons under 400% of the FPL (Federal Poverty Level). They take the form of an instant tax credit and are immediately applied to your premium. Thus, under the right conditions, it is possible that 100% of your rate is paid by the federal government.
What is a PPO?
A PPO is a “preferred provider organization” that negotiates lower rates with groups of hospitals, doctors and other providers. Membership in the PPO allows a substantial discount below their regularly charged rates. Most Pennsylvania companies offer PPO policies, and they are the most popular type of coverage. You will often save as much as 50% by utilizing providers in your network.
Also, filing a claim is much quicker and often doesn't require any paperwork that you have to complete. And yes, you can use a PPO out-of-state. For example, Highmark, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare offer extensive network coverage across the US. Geisinger's providers are mostly in-state.
What is an HMO?
A health maintenance organization (HMO) is a type of managed care organization that medical coverage in the US. Unlike traditional health coverage, an HMO has very specific guidelines under which doctors, specialists and other providers can operate. A typical plan offers comprehensive services with low copays and no deductibles or co-insurance. Coverage is restricted to “in-network” only.
In Pennsylvania, Keystone, UPMC, and Aetna offer very competitive HMO rates. Maternity benefits are included, which makes contracts ideal for young growing families. However, often out-of-state doctors and hospitals are not in the network. A primary care physician (pcp) is selected, and he/she will coordinate your treatment, including visits to specialists.
What Is The Best Supplemental (Medigap) Plan In Pennsylvania?
If you have reached age 65, then you are probably eligible for Medicare. Although standard benefits pay most of your medical expenses, there are still gaps in coverage that could result in thousands of dollars of additional out-of-pocket costs. For many Seniors, this represents a risk that can put tremendous pressure on their household budget.
Supplemental plans can potentially pay most (or all) of these expenses. Some of the most common examples are Part A coinsurance and hospital bills, Part B copayments or coinsurance, Hospice care, skilled nusing facily costs, and Part A and B deductibles. Available policies are designated by the letters A, B, C, D, F, G, K, L, M, and N. "Advantage" plans are also offered by many carriers. Part D prescription drug coverage is also offered.
Some of the most popular Medigap insurers are:
Independence Blue Cross
Will my pre-existing condition be covered?
If you are applying (enrolling) for a qualified Marketplace plan, your pre-existing conditions will be covered, regardless if you are entitled to receive a federal Obamacare subsidy. This includes policies issued after Open Enrollment ends, assuming you are utilizing an approved Special Enrollment Period (SEP) exception, such as losing benefits at work, moving to Pennsylvania from another state, or getting married. Senior Medigap plans also cover pre-existing conditions.
However, temporary, non-qualified, and limited benefit policies will probably exclude past and present conditions, and will also leave potential large out-of-pocket medical expenses when large claims are filed.
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Yes. Once we have determined the type of coverage you want, we create a personalized plan that features the deductibles, copays and premium that you want. We make sure that your doctors are Network-approved and the company is highly-rated. Customization includes tax-subsidies and out-of-pocket costs and premiums to match your budget.
If your household income is too high to receive any instant tax credits, we show you the "Off-Exchange" policies that feature the lowest premiums and potential out-of-pocket maximums. If you regularly take medication, it's important to choose a plan that covers the drug without having to meet a deductible. Many Medigap plans publish their Formulary drug list to help you compare options.