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EP 40: Part 1 – What is ACA?

What do you know about the affordable care act? Are you confused by terminology like co-insurance, maximum out of pocket? Do you know how your deductibles and co-pays work? How do you know if you can qualify for federal subsidies? What’s a MEC?
EP 4: Understanding Medicare w/ David Abrams

Are you turning 65 or know someone turning 65? If you think health insurance is confusing now, wait until you try to enroll in Medicare! With over almost 9 years of experience working with Medicare and senior health benefits. David Abrams, from Insurance Benefits for Seniors is here discussing the numerous options available to recipients of Medicare.
EP 1: Talking Health Insurance w/ Joe Krivelow
In today’s episode of ‘Ask the Planman, we are joined by Mr. Joe Krivelow, founder of Compass Health Consultants and a leading expert in the field of health insurance. Joe has helped thousands of customers understand and find the coverage that best fit their needs. 

Guard Your Health & Secure Your Future with Major Medical insurance

Major Medical Insurance refers to a comprehensive health care plan that covers a wide range of health services, from preventative care and outpatient services to hospitalization and surgical procedures. The coverage provided by Major Medical Insurance is designed to protect individuals without access to employer-provided group health insurance from the financial risks associated with severe illnesses or injuries requiring extensive medical treatment.

Anyone without employer-provided group healthcare has two options when it comes to obtaining health insurance on their own. Private/Self-Pay options and Marketplace Insurance – commonly referred to as Obamacare. As far as which plan is right for you, there are a few things one must consider.

On one hand, Private Pay options offer the benefit of choice, speed, and flexibility. They can often provide quicker access to specialists and treatments without the need for referrals, which may be particularly attractive to individuals with specific health concerns or who value convenience and control over their healthcare decisions.

However, these plans may not cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, and they are not obligated to meet the comprehensive coverage standards of Major Medical Insurance.

On the other hand, Marketplace Insurance is regulated by the government to ensure comprehensive coverage, including for pre-existing conditions. These plans must meet the Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) requirements, which cover an extensive list of health services. However, they may come with longer wait times for certain procedures and restrictions on healthcare providers.

Your choice between Private Pay and Marketplace Insurance will depend on your individual healthcare needs, budget, and personal preferences. Remember, the goal is to find a plan that offers you the best possible coverage for your specific circumstances, while also fitting into your financial plans.

Frequently asked questions about Private or self-pay medical insurance

Private Pay Insurance allows policyholders to access private healthcare providers. You pay a premium directly to the insurer, bypassing public healthcare systems, which often means less wait time for appointments and procedures. This often-overlooked form of health coverage offers more choice, flexibility, and speedy care to policyholders. You get better access to the high-quality medical treatment you need, when you need it, and where you want it. The added benefits of shorter waiting times and access to a broader array of treatments make this an appealing option for many

Marketplace insurance is a government-regulated program where insurers offer standardized policies through a public exchange. The government often subsidizes these policies based on the insured’s income, making them accessible for many people. But, remember, the lower cost comes with restrictions. Policyholders might have to wait longer for non-emergency procedures and may have a limited choice of providers.

Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) is another critical aspect of Marketplace Insurance. MEC refers to a set of health services that all health plans must cover under the Affordable Care Act. These services include emergency services, hospitalization, prescription drugs, maternity and newborn care, and preventative and wellness services, among others.

The marketplace, through Obamacare, is legally mandated to accept individuals regardless of their health status, including any pre-existing conditions. This mandate is a crucial part of the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that those who need healthcare the most can access it.

In contrast, Private Pay Insurance companies have the discretion to decline applications based on medical history, or they may increase premiums for individuals with pre-existing conditions.

Private Pay Insurance is also not obligated to meet the MEC requirements outlined in the ACA. Depending on the policy, certain aspects of care may be excluded, making a Private/Self-pay option potentially less comprehensive. That said, with Private Pay Insurance, you’re the decision-maker. You have the liberty to choose your preferred doctor, hospital, and even your treatment timeline. You don’t need to be constrained by the decisions of a third-party payer.

Begin by researching insurance providers, comparing their plans, premiums, coverage, and customer ratings. Assess your health needs and preferences, then apply for the plan that suits you best. If approved, review and sign your policy, and maintain it by making premium payments.

You can apply for Marketplace Insurance through or your state’s health insurance exchange during the open enrollment period. You will need to provide details about your income, household size, and other information to determine your eligibility for subsidies.

Recently, Kentucky, Maine, and New Mexico established their own platforms, increasing the total state-run exchanges from 13 in 2020 to 18 in 2023. Virginia also plans to start its own exchange by fall 2023. Previously, Maine, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey used for enrollments, while Kentucky switched back and forth between its own exchange and the federal platform. As of 2023, here are the 18 states with state-run exchanges.

 – Covered California | Colorado – Connect for Health Colorado | Connecticut – Access Health CT | District of Columbia – DC Health Link | Idaho – Your Health Idaho | Kentucky –  Kynect Kentucky | Maine – CoverME | Maryland – Maryland Health Connection | Massachusetts – Massachusetts Health Connector | Minnesota – MNsure | Nevada – Nevada Health Link | New Jersey – Get Covered NJ | New Mexico – bewellNM | New York – NY State of Health | Pennsylvania – Pennie Rhode Island – HealthSource RI | Vermont – Vermont Health Connect | Washington – Washington Healthplan

Coverage varies significantly among insurers. Private Pay plans generally cover a wide range of healthcare services and give you the freedom to choose any healthcare provider. However, they may exclude certain services and conditions.

Marketplace Insurance must cover a set of essential health benefits, including emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health services, prescription drugs, preventive services, and more.

Private Pay Insurance can carry a higher premium than Marketplace Insurance due to its more extensive coverage. However, costs can vary widely depending on your state, age, and health condition. In many states today, we can find you a Private pay/Self-Pay option priced comparably, if not much better, than marketplace options. That said, Marketplace Insurance is more affordable for many people, particularly those who qualify for subsidies.

Private Pay policies may exclude certain treatments or conditions or increase premiums for pre-existing conditions. Marketplace policies cover essential health benefits and can’t deny coverage or charge more due to pre-existing conditions. However, they might limit your choice of healthcare providers.

Private Pay Insurance typically allows you to choose any doctor or healthcare provider. With Marketplace Insurance, you may be limited to a network of providers to get the full insurance benefits.

Most Private Pay Insurance and all Marketplace Insurance policies include prescription drug coverage, but the specifics vary. You may have to pay a co-pay, and not all drugs may be covered.

In both cases, it’s important to speak to your insurer or a trusted insurance professional. There might be options to adjust your coverage or switch to a more affordable plan.

With Private Pay, you often don’t have to wait for treatment approval, and you get access to a wider range of treatments and specialists. Marketplace Insurance provides comprehensive coverage, often at a lower cost, and cannot deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions.

The choice between Private Pay Medical Insurance and Marketplace Insurance for self-employed freelancers and contracted workers depends on individual circumstances. Private Pay Insurance offers more freedom in choosing healthcare providers and speedy access to care, making it a good choice for those who can afford higher premiums – although in certain states, private/self-pay options might actually be more cost-efficient than marketplace options. Marketplace Insurance, on the other hand, is ideal for those with pre-existing conditions and those who qualify for subsidies, making it generally more affordable. 

Cost Of Major Medical Insurance

Individual major medical insurance is typically paid for by the individual themselves. Individuals who purchase individual major medical insurance policies are responsible for paying the premiums directly to the insurance company. The premium amount may vary based on factors such as the individual’s age, health condition, coverage options, and the insurance provider.

While employers offer group health insurance plans to their employees, which can include major medical coverage, individual major medical insurance is commonly purchased by self-employed individuals, those who do not have access to employer-sponsored coverage, or individuals who prefer to have their own independent coverage.

It’s important to note that there may be government programs or subsidies available to assist individuals in obtaining individual major medical insurance, particularly for those with lower incomes. These programs aim to make health insurance more affordable and accessible for individuals who may not be able to afford it on their own. Medicaid may be an option in your state.

Although private or self-pay medical insurance often carries a higher premium than the marketplace due to its more extensive coverage and benefits, it’s essential to note that in some states, it can actually turn out to be less expensive than marketplace options. Factors such as regional healthcare costs, state regulations, and the competitive landscape among insurers come into play. So, despite the potential eligibility exclusions or coverage limitations of private or self-pay options, they can still be a very cost-effective solution for healthy individuals who do not expect to need comprehensive medical care. Many see the investment, regardless of where it falls comparatively pricewise to marketplace options, worthwhile for the value of having control over their healthcare decisions and full access to timely and personalized care.

On the other hand, Marketplace Insurance may be more suitable if you’re budget-conscious and don’t mind dealing with certain restrictions like longer waiting periods for non-emergency procedures or a limited choice of providers.  It’s also worth noting that subsidies and tax credits can still make Marketplace Insurance the more affordable option over private or self-pay for eligible individuals.

It’s always important to consult with a trusted insurance advisor to evaluate your unique situation and make the best decision for your healthcare needs.

Find Qualifying Major Medical Insurance In Your Area

Although there’s no longer an individual mandate penalyzing anyone without healthcare at tax time, don’t leave your health and finances vulnerable to unexpected medical expenses. Invest in Major Medical Insurance and prioritize your well-being and that of your loved ones. Protect your health, secure your future, and face life’s uncertainties with confidence.

Given the available options, it’s always recommended you consult with trusted insurance professionals like Bruce and Robyn Weinstein to navigate your options and make an informed decision regarding your healthcare. Let the insurance experts at Weinstein Wealth Insurance Solutions assess your needs, guide you through the available options, and help you make an informed decision as to how to best secure your health and financial future. Call us today at 1-844-4WeCover.

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