Your family’s health is more important than ever. Today, you need to make sure that your health insurance policy covers all eventualities. In general, good health insurance coverage will include hospitalizations and hospitalizations. Some insurance policies also offer diagnostic and treatment services Church Insurance.
There are a variety of basic health insurance coverage plans you can consider. Managed care insurance plans provide access to its own doctors and hospitals. Unfortunately, managed care coverage does not include the option to choose your own doctor and be admitted to the hospital you choose.
A Fee of service plan is a form of insurance coverage that shares the cost with the insured. The monthly premium paid by the insured is split between the insurance company and the insured. A portion of hospital and doctor expenses are covered by the insurance company. A fee-of-service plan provides either basic coverage, or major medical coverage. Basic fee-of-service plans include hospital treatment and room. Additional hospital services, like x-rays and medication, are included in the basic plan. Basic coverage also covers some doctor visits as well as the cost associated with surgery. To cover major and long-term medical care, a major fee-of-service policy is available.
Next is the Health Maintenance Organization, more commonly known as an HMO. HMO-affiliated providers provide many services, including doctor’s visit, hospital stay, surgery, diagnostic testing, etc. The insured cannot, therefore, choose the hospital or doctor that best suits his or her needs. In order to receive referrals to other doctors and specialists (most cases also contracted with HMOs), the insured is typically assigned to a primary healthcare provider.
Medicare is the national health insurance program. It covers all people 65 years old and older, some younger disabled people, and people who have permanent kidney failure. Medicare is divided in two parts: Hospital Insurance, Part A, and Medical Insurance, Part B. Part A is for the cost of care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. It also pays for home health care as well and hospice care. Part B provides coverage for doctor bills, outpatient hospital care, and other services not covered under Part 1. If you or your spouse work for Medicare for less than 10 years and are a citizen, permanent resident, or citizen of the United States and have reached 65 years of age, there is no monthly premium for Part 1. Anyone who enrolls into Medicare Part B will have to pay a premium.
COBRA does not provide insurance. However, it is an attempt by the government to protect certain individuals from losing their medical benefits. Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act is a 1986 law that requires group health plans providing temporary continuation of coverage to cover the possibility of termination. COBRA covers death, termination, reduction, or reorganization of an employee’s hours, for reasons other then gross misconduct, legal separation from a employee, entitlement to Medicare for a covered individual, and loss of dependent status (and coverage) for a child under the plan. COBRA applies generally for group health plans offered by private-sector employers, with at least 20 employees, or by state/local governments. The law doesn’t apply plans sponsored in part by the Federal government or churches and other church-related entities.
There are many different types of insurance coverage available for most people. Do some research and talk to your agent or employer about the right plan for your family.