Will purchasing a short-term insurance plan make it harder for me to get coverage in the future for a pre-existing medical condition?

If you recently lost health insurance coverage through an employer, purchasing a short-term medical insurance plan will make you ineligible for any guaranteed issue, individual health insurance plans commonly referred to as HIPAA plans. Oftentimes, HIPAA plans are quite expensive but may be appropriate for those whose pre-existing conditions make it difficult to obtain health insurance in the private market. Therefore, if you wish to maintain your eligibility for HIPAA plans, you should not purchase a short-term health insurance plan. Please consult your benefits advisor to discuss your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other […]

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Should I pay monthly or make a single payment up front?

Most short-term health insurance plans give you the option of paying in monthly installments, or in a single up-front payment. Often, single payment plan costs may be lower than monthly plan costs. We recommend that you select “Monthly”, if you don’t know exactly how long you will need coverage, or don’t want to make a single up-front payment. We suggest that you select “Single Up-front Payment”, if you know exactly how long you will need coverage, want lower plan costs, and don’t mind paying your whole premium up-front. If you select ” Single Up-Front payment” you will need to specify […]

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How soon can my coverage start?

Coverage for short-term health insurance plans usually starts the following day after the application is submitted. In order for coverage to start promptly, you can make your first premium payment by supplying a valid credit card number with your application. Please note that credit card billing of premiums is optional and you can obtain coverage without using that method of payment. If you would prefer to have your coverage start later, you can select a date up to 30 days in the future.

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What if I only need coverage for less than 30 days?

Most short-term health insurance plans have a minimum coverage period of 30 days. Even if you only need coverage for less than 30 days, you can either make a single payment upfront for 30 days of coverage, or select the monthly payment option, and then cancel your coverage when you no longer need it. You should be aware that you will not be refunded for partial months of coverage.

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What is short-term health insurance?

Short-term health insurance plans provides coverage for a limited period of time. Usually short-term plans offer coverage up to six months, although some plans may offer coverage up to 12 months. This is a good solution for people between jobs or those waiting for other health insurance to start. If you think you’ll need coverage for a longer period of time, you may want to look at a standard, longer-term health insurance option like our individual and family health insurance plans. The application process for short-term health insurance is usually simpler than standard, longer-term health insurance. Short-term health insurance plans […]

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What are Preferred and Non Preferred providers for a PPO plan?

PPO is a network of physicians that have agreed, by contract, to discount their rates for the respective PPO members. These physicians, specialists are known as preferred providers, and PPO members are free to see any of them, without any reference from their primary physicians. PPO members may also see non-contracted providers, these are known as non preferred providers. The co-payment fee for seeing a non preferred provider is generally higher than the preferred providers.

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