Geisinger health insurance plans are available in 42 counties of Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania and include more than 31,000 health care providers and 96 participating hospitals. You can quickly get free quotes and the best rates on our website.
Geisinger Choice, a non-profit company, is well-known for providing affordable high-quality individual medical benefits to its customers as well as superior claims and customer service. No referrals are needed and medical advice is just a phone call away 24/7. Our easy comparison and enrollment allow you to easily apply for coverage.
Pa Health Exchange
Many Exchange plans are available that meet Pa Marketplace requirements. You can also qualify for the federal tax credit subsidy to help reduce the premium. Open Enrollment for 2015 effective dates begins on November 15th and ends on February 15th. However, this 3-month period could possibly expand. Also, you may be eligible for a "special enrollment period" (SEP) which allows you to purchase subsidized or non-subsidized plans at any time of the year.
The SEP is a set of exceptions that provide a 60-day window for enrollment. Some of the most common examples are divorce, newborn, reaching age 26, moving to a different area, losing your employer-based coverage and no longer eligible for Medicaid (because of income). If you're unsure about your situation, just ask us!
Many Marketplace policies (depending on your income) may actually be extremely cheap or possibly free. Starting in 2014, private individual and family plans became eligible for instant federal tax credits that reduced premiums by as much as $10,000 per year. We can help you calculate your subsidy and determine which policies are eligible for the most assistance. Dental benefits are also available.
How To View Prices
We offer Geisinger individual and family medical plans at the lowest available prices. By obtaining a free quote at the top of the page, instantly, you can compare and purchase one of 27 plans. Typically, rates are very competitive when compared to other insurers. The premiums are most competitive in the Central counties of the state such as Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry, Cumberland, York, Adams, Lancaster, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton. In these counties, they seem to be able to obtain the biggest discounts for their customers.
With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), policies are divided into four categories (further discussed below). They are: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. "Catastrophic" (Value) plans are available to persons under age 30 but are not eligible for the Obamacare federal subsidy. However, prices on these contracts are the cheapest, since they cover mostly major medical and preventive expenses.
Personal PPO and group HMO options are available and are usually competitive with Highmark and UPMC. Capital Blue Cross, which is also offered through our website, also has very attractive private policies. Consumers are overwhelmingly satisfied with the "team" approach. Care seems to be better and costs are kept down.
The coordination between doctors and patients is unprecedented compared to most other carriers. Also, Highmark customers in many counties can also utilize in-network facilities since recently, a five-year contract was signed.
Free Accessories For Members
Many services and products are free (separate from the actual policy) that can reduce the cost for items you already are purchasing or using. Some of these include:
Weight Watchers - A special discount is applied for new and existing customers. Signing up takes only a few minutes. Many different types of support are available.
Healthyroads - A 10%-40% reduction in product costs is offered. You can choose among many products that you may already be using.
Glasses And Eye Exams - LensCrafters, Sears, Target, Pearle Vision and other large vendors have contracted with the carrier to receive numerous discounts related to examinations, lenses, laser vision correction and other products.
ASH Network - Receive discounts for acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic treatment.
Individual Plan Options
There are more than 25 available policies that are Affordable-Care-Act compliant and contain all of the required Obamacare mandates. We have highlighted below several of the most popular plans, based on overall cost and out-of-pocket expenses. Preventive benefits are covered in full (no deductible or waiting period) on all Metal plans. The negotiated network repricing also applies on all policies.
Only "Catastrophic" policies are not eligible for a federal subsidy. You also must be under age 30 or show proof of "financial hardship" to purchase the "Catastrophic" tier contracts. You can change to a different tier during Open Enrollment.
Marketplace Value POS - $6,350 deductible with no coinsurance. Thus, once deductible is met, 100% of office visits, hospital bills and other major medical expenses are covered. Prescriptions are subject to 30% coinsurance.
Marketplace Value PPO - Same plan as above, although slightly more expensive (about 3%) since the provider network is a PPO instead of POS (Point Of Service).
Solutions 12 - Cheapest Bronze plan has a $4,000 deductible with 30% coinsurance. Deductible must be met before benefits are paid.
Solutions 10 - Least expensive Silver plan features a fairly low $3,500 deductible. However, this deductible reduces to $200 if household adjusted gross income falls between 150% and 200% of Federal Poverty Level.
Solutions 9 - $5,000 deductible also reduces, depending on household income. However, deductible does not need to be met for office visits ($30 copay) or most prescriptions ($3 Generic drug copay and $45 Preferred Brand copay).
Marketplace Extra 2 - Low $500 deductible with $10 and $40 copays on primary-care-physician (pcp) and specialist visits. Also a low $3 copay on generic drugs.
Marketplace Solutions 5 - Higher $1,350 deductible than "Extra 2" plan but maximum out-of-pocket expense is about half for both single and family coverage.
Marketplace Direct 3 - Very low $300 deductible (lowest for Gold tier policies) with $25 and $50 copays on office visits. Same $3 generic drug copay as "Extra 2" plan.
Marketplace Extra 1 - No deductible and no coinsurance make this contract quite attractive, although one of the most expensive available plans. $10 copay on office visits ($50 for specialists) and copays on most generic AND n0n-generic drugs instead of meeting a deductible.
Marketplace Solutions 1 - Similar to "Extra 1" plan although slightly higher maximum out-of-pocket expenses. However, the specialist copay is only $30 and most non-generic prescriptions have lower copays.
A short-term plan from Geisinger can not be purchased since they were discontinued in 2013. This option was very popular since it was often used when applicants needed a stopgap policy when current benefits ended and the State Exchange had not yet begun operations. Temporary plans are not as popular now since they don't meet many of the Obamacare requirements.
However, you can keep your regular individual plan as long as you wish. Thus, if you purchased a policy with the intention of keeping it only three months, you can terminate coverage at any time. The premium, unless you get a subsidy, will likely be higher than a conventional "short-term" policy.
However, other companies offer affordable temporary policies if your need is less than 12 months, and you prefer not to enroll in a Marketplace contract. The best carriers for this type of coverage are UnitedHealthcare, IHC Group, Assurant, Companion Life And HCC Life. Prices are very cheap and when applying through our website, often you are approved in less than one day. In some instances, approval is given at the time the application is completed.
Geisinger Insurance Health Plans also feature four “High Deductible Health Plans” (HDHP) that are HSA-compatible. Options of $6,000, $4,000, $3,500 and $2,500 are available. All four policies are Point-Of-Service (POS) in the Bronze and Silver tiers. They are Marketplace Solutions 13, 12, 10 and 11 respectively.
Once the deductible is met, 90% of expenses are covered with an annual maximum out-of-pocket limit. Qualified preventive services are paid without having to meet the deductible. For expenses that are subject to a deductible, your expenses will be discounted from 10%-70% if you are treated at a Network-affiliated provider. And as previously mentioned, you won't have a problem finding a participating physician, hospital or other facility.
An HSA is a tax-sheltered savings account that allows you to pay for specified medical, dental and vision expenses with tax-favored dollars. You control the money in the account and also choose the bank that will administer the paperwork. Any unused funds can roll over to the following year. An HDHP (High Deductible Health Plan) is used in conjunction with the actual HSA side account.
I (myself, wife and two children) have had an HSA for many years and have been very satisfied with the coverage, rate and savings! The higher deductible options typically are the most cost-effective. And you can cancel your policy at any time and switch to another type of coverage. We have never met our deductible (fortuantely), so we select the highest out-of-pocket costs that are offered.
An HDHP is an individual or family health insurance plan that features a high deductible. Typically, benefits are covered at 90% or 100% after the deductible has been met. Prior to the deductible, negotiated network discounts will reduce the out-of-pocket expenses. Preventive benefits are not subject to the deductible. The HDHP is issued by the insurance company and is paired with the HSA to provide low cost coverage.
How To Apply For Coverage
To compare the best options and apply for a plan, please provide your zip code in the quote request box. Then enter other requested information to view your options. If you need help, please call us at (888) 513 6446 or email us. We’ll be available to answer your questions and assist in determining which plan is best for you. We will explain details and differences of each policy and help determine which option works best for you and any other family member.
Geisinger Health Plan is an important part of the Health System. The system is a huge all-encompassing health-care Network that provides comprehensive health care and services in 40 counties of the state. It is also a non-profit, local community-based organization that utilizes physician-led health care research and various types of education. In 2012, they received JD Power and Associate's highest ranking in the state (5 points out of 5). No other insurer received a higher score!
They have received recognition from The National Committee For Quality Assurance (NCQA), which is an independent organization that measures the quality of the nation’s health care. Some of these commendations for 2010 include:
· Rated first in Pennsylvania for breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings.
· Rated Number One in the US for beta blocker treatment to members for six months following a heart attack.
· Ranked in the Top 10 in the US for appropriate follow-up within 7 and 30 days for mental illness.
· Finished in the Top 10 nationally for children who saw a doctor and had their Body Mass Index (BMI) documented and were counseled for physical activity.
Reached Age 65?
Geisinger Gold is available for persons that have reached age 65 and/or are eligible for Medicare benefits. Numerous types of Medicare Advantage policies are available including Medical Savings Accounts, PPO plans, and HMO contracts. Special options can be offered if you are eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Many Supplements can also be purchased.
Recently, Geisinger and Highmark had been been involved in a minor tussle. Highmark was charging patients higher costs when they were treated at Geisinger facilities instead of their own. CEO Glenn Steele Jr. had voiced his displeasure in newspaper advertisements throughout Central Pa. Of course, Highmark and UPMC are waging quite a battle in the western part of the state. However, they recently agreed to work together in the future.
Sample Monthly Rates are provided when you request a free quote.
Update 9-23-2013 Geisinger Health Insurance Exchange plans for individuals and families are expected to be available on October 1st when Open Enrollment begins. In accordance with "The Affordable Care Act," medical questions will not be required to be answered and federal subsidies could pay a substantial portion of the premium (you must meet qualification guidelines). The new Pa Marketplace will feature all "Guarantee Issue" plans. You can view prices and apply for coverage through our website.
Update 10-29-2013 Geisinger Health System Foundation has purchased Lewistown Hospital (also owned by Lewistown Foundation) despite a federal anti-trust lawsuit that was subsequently dropped. The agreement was finalized when Geisinger and the Holy Spirit System decided to try to work towards a future agreement.
The purchase stipulates that doctor and hospital service costs will remain the same through 2021 and Lewistown will remain an acute care hospital during that time.
11-18-2013 Roughly 50% of the private policies in pa can be grandfathered. Since the other policies are not ACA-compliant, written notification will be sent, with options regarding obtaining new coverage. If you receive that type of correspondence, please contact us.
5-15-2014 The final numbers are in for the 2014 Open Enrollment. Geisinger enrolled approximately 20,000 individuals before OE ended on March 31st. And it also appears approximately 91% of applicants have already paid their initial premium. Policies can still be purchased for persons that qualify for an SEP (Special Enrollment Period). UPDATE:
5-28-2014 Atlanticare Health System will merge with Geisinger within the next 12 months. Atlanticare has most of its market share in Southern New Jersey with more than 700 doctors and specialists in its network. Both organizations are "non-profit" so there will be no cash payment involved in the purchase. New Jersey becomes the latest purchase in another state (other than Pa.), adding to recent expansions in Maine and West Virginia.
7-24-2014 Highmark and Geisinger have signed a five-year agreement that allows Highmark policyholders in Eastern Pa to use facilities as "in-network." Some of the cities impacted by the continued cooperation are State College, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton and Bloomsburg. The two companies have worked together for many years and the relationship should continue beyond 2019.
Aetna also signed an agreement that allows its customers to use network facilities. The five-year contract was the first network-sharing agreement the two carriers have ever signed.