IHS will guide you through every step of the insurance-buying process. Whether you’ve lost your employer healthcare benefits, need assistance evaluating your COBRA plan, or shopping for a new plan, IHS is your resource.
IHS understands all types of health insurance plans and knows the pros and cons of each carrier. We make sure you get the best plan for your specific healthcare needs, whether you need an individual or family plan.
Types of Health Insurance Plans
- “On Exchange” through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace
- “Off Exchange” directly from an insurance carrier
- Short term health insurance plans
Understanding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare”
The ACA was signed into law in 2010 to make coverage more affordable and available. Some of the provisions include: no preexisting medical condition exclusions, no lifetime caps on medical costs, covering preventative care, and guaranteed issue (regardless of health status, age or income).
Effective January 1, 2020 there is no penalty should you choose to not carry a credible health insurance plan. There are many new options available due to this change.
Some people qualify for a subsidy (premium assistance), based on household income.
Plan costs are based on 4 factors: age, location, plan type, and use of tobacco.
November 1 to December 15. Changes are effective January 1 of the following calendar year.
Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
Signup is allowed outside of the annual open enrollment period for “qualifying” events. Some examples of qualifying events include:
- Losing coverage under an employer sponsored health plan
- Household changes: divorce, marriage or having a baby
- Turning 26 and aging off a parent’s plan
- Moving to a new ZIP code or county
Choosing the right insurance is complicated and confusing. If you have questions, or don’t understand how to evaluate plans, contact IHS today.
HOW IT WORKS
1. Collect Information
IHS collects your information either by phone, in-person meeting or online form.
2. Review Plan Options
IHS will schedule a phone call or meeting to review your options and finalize the plan choice.
IHS handles the entire enrollment process and submits the documents to get you enrolled.