Are you considering applying for health insurance? Maybe it’s your first time, or your first time using the Health Insurance Marketplace. Or maybe you have household changes that are affecting your coverage. No matter what your reasons are, you likely have questions about health insurance and the process for applying, getting approved, and paying for it.
We are here to help! Put together by a Waco health insurance agency, here’s a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about health insurance, and some easy answers that may help you get started. Of course, you should always talk to an insurance agent before making decisions so you maximize your coverage and value.
- 1 Frequently Asked Questions about Health Insurance
- 1.1 Q: What is the Healthcare Marketplace?
- 1.2 Q: Do I have to use the Marketplace to buy health insurance?
- 1.3 Q: Open enrollment has ended, how can I enroll in health insurance?
- 1.4 Q: How do I find out what plans are prices are available on the Marketplace?
- 1.5 Q: What is a subsidy?
- 1.6 Q: If I use the Healthcare Marketplace, how do I make my premium payments?
- 2 Still, Have Questions?
Frequently Asked Questions about Health Insurance
Take a look at these common questions and answers about health insurance.
Q: What is the Healthcare Marketplace?
A: The Health Insurance Marketplace is a federally-operated service that helps Americans shop for health insurance and enroll. Some states have their own Marketplaces or exchanges, but all of them are similar in how they operate. When you use the Marketplace, you provide information about you, your spouse/partner, dependents, and any other important considerations. Based on your ZIP code, you will have the option of using the federal Marketplace, or you will be routed to your state’s Marketplace.
Q: Do I have to use the Marketplace to buy health insurance?
A: You don’t have to shop for or enroll in health insurance through a Marketplace. You can shop directly with insurance companies, or you can use an insurance agent or broker. Often, it is best to work with an agent or broker so you can see all available options before you sign a contract.
Q: Open enrollment has ended, how can I enroll in health insurance?
A: If you are looking for health insurance outside of the open enrollment period, you may have the option of a “special enrollment period”. You may qualify for this special enrollment period if you have certain life changes, such as losing a job, having a baby, or getting married.
Q: How do I find out what plans are prices are available on the Marketplace?
A: You can visit healthcare.gov and navigate to their “See plans & prices” page to get an estimate. Here, you enter your ZIP code and certain household information, and then you are provided an estimate of the types of plans available and if you qualify for a subsidy.
Q: What is a subsidy?
A: The Healthcare Marketplace offers many plans that are subsidized. That means that if you meet certain income requirements, you may qualify for low-cost insurance or a subsidy that helps lower your monthly premiums.
Q: If I use the Healthcare Marketplace, how do I make my premium payments?
A: Even if you use the Marketplace to purchase your health insurance coverage, you will still make your premium payments directly to the insurance company. Your payments, claims, etc. will all be managed by the insurance company and not the Marketplace.
Still, Have Questions?
Now that you have an idea about what sort of health insurance plans are available and how to enroll, if you still have questions, it may be time to contact an insurance agent. An insurance agent can help make sure that you are getting the best healthcare coverage for your money. Also, an insurance agent can help you determine if you qualify for financial assistance or low-cost plans.
Health insurance should be available to everyone, and a skilled insurance agent can help make sure you have the coverage your family needs.