Short Term Health Insurance Options
The Affordable Care Act has made it difficult for some to find coverage that meets their needs and budget. Many consumers have turned to short-term coverage to fill gaps and cover the unexpected. National General aims to meet the needs of those who have been priced out of ACA coverage by offering two different short term health insurance plans. One is medically underwritten and the other can be purchased on a guaranteed issue basis.
Both cover a wide range of medical needs and can be tailored to meet most budgets. The medically underwritten plan is best for those in good health while the guaranteed issue plan works well for those who are content to cover unexpected healthcare needs, but not ongoing conditions.
In many states, plans can be purchased that last 12 months. (Some states only allow for 6-month plans.) Strategies can provide coverage for a full year without worries of future insurability. While short-term plans are not ACA-compliant, they tend to be much less expensive and can provide peace of mind for the insured – especially when purchased in blocks.
Group Coverage That Avoids Penalties
There are two main penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The first is the A penalty for failure to provide coverage to a group of 50 or more full-time employees. The second is the B penalty which is enforced when employees purchase subsidized coverage on the Federal Marketplace.
The A penalty is often referred to as the sledgehammer and is much more costly. The B penalty is lower and does not hurt as much. In order to avoid the B penalty, groups only need to offer Minimum Essential Coverage. These plans can be found for under $50 a month per employee in many instances. A few insurance companies specialize in these plans to help employers stay compliant.
If you wish to offer more comprehensive group health insurance, then a self-funded plan with National General (0r others) can be a good choice. These fully underwritten plans tend to cost less and work well in groups that trend younger and healthier. Several of our clients have saved thousand of dollars a month using this technique while not sacrificing their benefits.
Dental, Critical Illness, Cancer, Heart Attack, & Stroke
National General offers several ways to fill in your coverage gaps. Whether you are under 65 and on a traditional health plan – or over 65 and on a Medicare supplement or Advantage plan, there are several options to cover unknown accidents and illnesses.
Fixed indemnity and critical illness plans are growing in popularity as more and more insurance plans increase deductibles and cover less. These types of insurance cover the first dollar costs associated with accidents, illness, cancer, stroke, heart attack and more.
Most pay a fixed amount (you choose the amount at purchase) should one of these events be encountered. This coverage can go a long way in keeping your assets stable in times of need.
Aetna & Cigna Health Insurance Network Options
National General (now Allstate) uses Aetna & Cigna network of doctors and hospitals. If your medical providers accept Aetna, then they should also accept National General Health. This is a very large, stable network and encompasses many areas across the county.
In summary, National General is a carrier offering both catastrophic and comprehensive plans to the public. Those who desire affordable coverage with robust network options should consider their offerings. Working with us, consumers can enroll in a suitable plan for themselves, their family, or their small business. Contact us today to learn more!