Purchasing the Best Temporary Health Insurance plan
In most cases, people opt for temporary insurance in one (or more) of three circumstances:
Job Transition. Most jobs offer health insurance through their companies, and employees save a significant amount by using the company insurance as their provider, since this feature is part of the employment package. But if you’re in the middle of changing jobs, you’re still going to need insurance in case you need to visit the doctor for any reason.
Job Search. If you’re job-hunting, you still want health insurance, since you never know how long it could take for you to land a job with all the benefits you want. In the meantime, you still need to know you’re taken care of whenever you have to visit a doctor.
Recent Graduate. If you’ve just graduated from college, chances are you’ve been on your parent’s health insurance all your life, and really didn’t have a need for an individual insurance plan. You can use temporary health insurance to ‘hold you over’ until you land a full-time job with benefits.
Most temporary insurance plans last for up to a year, and if you need more time, most agencies will let you renew your policy. In most cases, you can also receive temporary insurance on your parent’s policy until you are up to 20 years old, or 24 if you’re a full time student. Sometimes, parents put their infant children on this type of insurance as well if the child is healthy and shows no signs of major health problems, until the baby is old enough to have to visit the doctor on a more regular basis, as this insurance will mainly cover the baby’s regular checkups during his/her first year.
And, just because this health insurance is temporary, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it benefit-wise. There are differences in coverage due to the length of these insurance terms, but basically, here’s what you can expect:
-Emergency room and intensive care treatment
-treatment from any licensed physician, registered nurse or surgeon
-prescription drugs and injections
-diagnostic x-ray services and laboratory tests
Other temporary health insurance plans may also offer coverage for braces or appliances, ground ambulance services, and even physiotherapy. You can also receive benefits after your temporary health insurance coverage has ended. These features include renewability (eligibility to apply for a brand new policy), and a money back guarantee if you decide not to take advantage of the insurance within a 10-day period.
If you have more questions about temporary health insurance, or are unsure of the companies that offers health insurance policies, looking up information online is a wonderful way to start. In most cases, you can apply for the insurance and receive a quote online within minutes. It is important, however, not to apply for more insurance than you think you may need. Most people just receive a ‘basic package’, something that will mainly be used for emergencies. But if you have a special medical need, such as a prescription you’ll need on a regular basis, extensive dental work, or a series of doctor’s visits or tests that must be completed within a certain period of time, you may want to look into a more extensive (and most likely more expensive) plan. Quotes for insurance plans are based on your need and how long you wish to receive your insurance, so be sure to plan accordingly. With temporary insurance, you can stay healthy all year-round, and receive the help you need without the hassle of extra medical bills. Good luck!