Child Only Health Insurance

As a parent, one of the most important things you can do for your child is to secure quality, reliable health insurance. But with the costs of premiums increasing and group coverage not always available, getting the benefits you need at an affordable rate is anything but easy. What are your options and is there any way to secure dependable child only health insurance?

Finding the Right Child Only Health Insurance: Open Enrollment Begins October 1

The easiest and most convenient way to find the health insurance for a child is to compare a few different policies for coverage options and price. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, there are opportunities available to easily find and compare child only plans for the most appropriate coverage. Government sponsored Health Exchanges are set to offer Open Enrollment on October 1, 2013. This is the time to visit the website to purchase health insurance that fits your needs and your budget. With a variety of different plans offered through the Exchange, you can take your time and make an informed decision.

Look For Affordable Coverage and Flexible Options

We all know that the right plan begins and ends with affordable rates and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. After all, child health care can be expensive, but the right policy doesn’t have to be. The good news is, there are competitively priced plans out there for folks just like you who need coverage they can work into a limited budget. But in addition to a plan that’s reasonably priced, you should look for a policy with flexible options and benefits for exactly what you need and nothing more. Why pay premium rates for coverage you’ll never use? Don’t settle for less when you can find affordable coverage and flexible options in a plan that works for your child and your wallet.

Peace of Mind With Quality Coverage

Nothing is as important as your child’s health. In fact, statistics show that children with reliable, dependable health insurance tend to be healthier and happier. The right child only health insurance is much more than a piece of paper, but peace of mind that when there is an accident, prescription medication that needs to be purchased or simply a routine check up, you can take your child to see the doctor- no questions asked.

Life Insurance: A Necessity for You and Your Family

Life_InsuranceInvesting in a life insurance policy is an effective way of caring for your family should you pass. Naturally, no one wants to think about a subject as morbid as death, but life insurance allows you to be proactive before the unthinkable happens. A family lacking life insurance could become financially overwhelmed at an already demanding time. Choosing the best policy for you and your family is imperative. Here are some practical guidelines to assist you as you make this important decision.

When selecting the right plan, remember to calculate the coverage for both your recurring expenses, as well as your fixed expenses. Life insurance is also used to pay one-time expenses, such as funeral costs, which are frequently high, and an added stress. You then need to determine how much you will need. There are quite a few online calculators you can use, and your insurance agent can help you with some formulas as well. However, if you want an estimated figure right away, multiply your salary by 8, and this will give you a ball park figure of how much you will need in funds.

Prior to purchasing a life insurance policy, it is essential you ask the right questions. Find out if your term life insurance policy is convertible, and for what length of time. In addition, ask if it is renewable, and if re-qualification is necessary. Is it possible to cancel? Are there exclusions?  The more you learn about a policy before investing in it, the more equipped you will be to select the one that effectively provides for your dependents.

Life insurance is a requirement to protect your family’s financial outlook. There are many options you can choose from, and, sorting through them all can prove to be overwhelming. However, the basic steps we have discussed should help make your decision far easier, and with more clarity. Talk about these tips, as well as your options, with your agent as soon as possible to safeguard your family’s financial future. Even if you have any health conditions that you worry may disqualify you, there are options available. Plenty of companies offer life insurance for diabetics, for example. Don’t let your family down because you think it might be too expensive or impossible to get coverage because of your personal health condition. It is far more expensive to leaving yourself uninsured and not providing your family with the safety net they may need.

Why Purchase Burial Insurance?

burial insuranceThe thought of death is not something we like to think about, and no one wants to lose a person who they love. However, death is part of life, and we must deal with it and accept it. The last thing you want is not being able to give the one you love a proper burial because there is a lack of financial funds. In these cases, burial insurance is the perfect type of policy to have. Buying burial insurance is nothing to get anxious about. Buying this insurance is a practical decision that relieves stress from loved ones by having arrangements taken care of when they are stricken with grief.

You just might be surprised when you find out all the options you have with burial insurance. You can choose your own type of coffin along with the outfit you will wear when you are buried. You will find out how much it costs to have a funeral and what your options are. There are some burial policies that work the same way a savings account works. This is called a cash-layout policy. The only flaw in the cash-layout policy is that the cost of the service will probably increase which means the savings amount may fall short.

The next type of plan is called the pre-payment plan. With this plan, the individual can specify the type of accessories and kind of ceremony they want to have. The accessories will cost what they do when the policy is purchased with the exception of a few things such as flower arrangements. This will give you a better idea of how much the funeral will cost. With this plan, your loved ones will not spend a dime on funeral services. This is a gesture that loved ones will appreciate when they are in a deep period of grieving.

Having burial insurance will help you be self-sufficient and not rely on others during your last breath. For some, burial insurance is just as needed as health insurance.

Health Law Is Fostering Competition, U.S. Says

Interesting article from the New York Times.
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: May 30, 2013

WASHINGTON — The new health care law is injecting more competition into health insurance markets nationwide, drawing additional insurance companies into states long dominated by a few carriers, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

Such competition offers the prospect of more choices for millions of consumers who will be shopping for insurance this fall. Companies entering the market could also put downward pressure on prices, partly offsetting factors that tend to increase premiums. The competition could pose new challenges to Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, which dominate the individual insurance markets in many states.

The administration gave a snapshot of applications filed by insurers in 19 states where the new insurance markets, or exchanges, will be run entirely by the federal government. The data was preliminary and incomplete and could not be independently verified. It was supplemented by federal officials with information from California and several other states that have released data on applications from insurers.

These states account for 80 percent of the seven million people expected to obtain coverage next year through the government-run markets being established under President Obama’s health care law.

The 2010 law promotes competition by standardizing many features of insurance policies and creating Web sites where consumers can compare costs and benefits. The Web sites will also make it easier for insurers to market their products.

“The majority of states will have new health insurance choices that are not available today,” the administration said in a memorandum summarizing its analysis. In about three-fourths of states with exchanges run by the federal government, it said, “at least one new insurance company intends to enter the market.”

More than 120 insurance companies have filed applications with the federal government, and it appears that most consumers will be able to choose from health plans offered by five or more insurers, the administration said.

One-fourth of insurance companies proposing to offer coverage in these federal exchanges have recently entered the individual market, the administration said.

Experts on health policy said the filing of applications was only the beginning of a race to the market for insurers. After scrutinizing applications, federal and state officials could demand changes in benefits and rates, and insist that insurers expand their proposed networks of doctors and hospitals.

Paul B. Ginsburg, the president of the nonpartisan Center for Studying Health System Change, said: “The individual insurance market is now up for grabs. Blue Cross plans will face a lot more competition. Many products sold in the insurance exchanges will have more limited networks of doctors and hospitals than has been the norm in employer-based coverage.”

Moreover, Mr. Ginsburg said: “Consumers will receive federal subsidies based on their income, not on the plans they choose. That creates a strong incentive for consumers to seek plans with lower premiums.”

Federal officials said that consumers shopping for private insurance in the exchanges would often benefit from the same type of competition Medicare patients see when choosing prescription drug plans. Many industry experts doubted that stand-alone drug coverage could succeed, but Medicare beneficiaries now have a choice of more than 20 drug plans in every state, and the average premiums have been relatively stable in the last few years.

May 3 was the deadline for insurers to file applications to participate in markets run by the federal government, but administration officials said they were still trying to expand the options available in states where they wanted more competition.

The upbeat assessment by federal officials follows months of criticism by Republicans and some Democrats who said the administration had fumbled the rollout of the new health care law. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, predicted recently that the law would be “the biggest issue” in Congressional elections next year.

In at least 31 states, administration officials said, consumers will be able to sign up for a new kind of product offered by private insurers under contract with the federal Office of Personnel Management, the agency that arranges health benefits for federal employees.

These multistate plans will be available in all states by 2017. They were included in the health care law as a substitute for a pure government-run insurance program — the “public option” sought by liberal Democrats and reviled by Republicans.

The health care law classifies insurance into several categories, based on the generosity of coverage. In its preview of the market in 2014, the administration said that “consumers will have multiple options in each tier of coverage: catastrophic, bronze, silver, gold and platinum.”

On average, it said, insurers intend to offer more than 15 health plans per state, with some being offered in just part of a state.

People are generally enrolled in plans for a year at a time, but can switch if they want lower costs or more extensive coverage in later years.

Starting in October, consumers will be able to enroll in new health plans, for coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, when most Americans will be required to have insurance.

For years, the American Medical Association has complained that “highly concentrated health insurance markets are a problem for physicians,” and Mr. Obama says they are an even bigger problem for consumers.

“In 29 states,” the administration’s memo said, “one insurer covered more than 50 percent of all enrollees in the individual insurance market” last year. In 11 states, it said, the largest two insurers accounted for 85 percent or more of the individual market.