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Old 11-15-2007, 05:05 PM   #1
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What's Everyone Doing for Health Insurance?

A bit off topic but pretty important. My wife carries the health insurance for our family , especially since I'm self employed. She just learned that the payroll deduction for our health insurance is about to double. We will be fulltiming in the not to distant future so what are you other self employed or fulltimers doing .

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Old 11-15-2007, 06:00 PM   #2
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Paying huge premiums.

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Old 11-15-2007, 06:09 PM   #3
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Try pricing a high deductible, “catastrophic” plan. They are supposed to be much less expensive.


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Old 11-15-2007, 06:24 PM   #4
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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Thanks Joe, you have a link to everything. How about winning lotto numbers?
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:57 PM   #6
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IF you currently have coverage...

you cannot be denied coverage.

but there are NO pricing guarantees...

IF you can remain part of a group coverage policy or join another group plan,

these will generally be less expensive for equal coverage benefits than individual policies.

BUT individual or group plans can (and do) raise premiums or co-pays and so on... regularly.

living in maryland? start with the basic links....

Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Maryland Insurance Administration Home Page

Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP)

IF you are covered by bc/bs or another large provider explore their other policy options...

keep in mind that 'switching plans' even within the same provider...

is technically APPLYING for a new policy.

so don't drop current coverage until the new plan is priced and you have been accepted.

some retirees relocate or go full time BUT keep their insurance back in the home state.

because again, apply for 'bc' in a different state is applying for a completely NEW PROVIDER policy.

with a whole new 'starting premium/rate plan'

so they, schedule yearly visits, tests and so on back home, while having 'emergency coverage' on the road.

for folks with great coverage by a large employer, there is usually SHOCK when shopping what they can afford post employment.

the whole process is tedious, time consuming and very scary...

so most avoid it.

look a little each day, make notes, decide what coverage is important (meds, copays, ob, dental) and what is really essential.

have the providers mail you packets (remember your contact person is in sales) and compare.

YES read the footnotes and fine print too.

share some of the risk and CUT your risk factors.

old age is no picnic but it beats the alternatives...


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Old 11-15-2007, 08:12 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by craftsman
.......... especially since I'm self employed.
Have a look here :

National Association for the Self-Employed

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Old 11-15-2007, 08:34 PM   #8
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I applied have insurance through the state. I was denied twice. THis entitled me to insurance through the state.. I ended up with Blue Cross/Blue Shield accepted all oer the US....
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:36 PM   #9
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I know our BCAA which is the equivalent of your AAA offers a group plan to members so there may be something there. It's not cheap by any means and that's with us already having very good Provincial/Federal health plans in place. Contrary to common belief the Govt insurance is not cheap, we pay a significant premium in income taxes that funds the system and in addition still pay a monthly fee although it's not burdensome for most.

We have friends in WA State who's health coverage costs post retirement with a major employer seem staggering to us Canucks.

You absolutely need very good coverage. A catastrophic illness/accident can have huge impacts on you and your family. Also, determine if you can, even as a self-employed - get income continuance coverage if you are still dependant on work for your income.

As 2'air notes - read the fine print. Some packages, at least here in Canada, restrict your movement from one Province or State to another during the period you are under a doctors care, or while your health condition is considered "active". This can be extremely limiting, particularly when your Forums group are holding great rallies in places one is not allowed to go to. Even your Airstream gets mad at you for that one.

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Old 11-16-2007, 12:13 AM   #10
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What are we doing for health insurance?

Originally Posted by guy99
Paying huge premiums.
You aren't alone! We pay a lot too! But at least our coverage takes care of most things, far superior to what medicare will cover.... but that isn't saying much!

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Old 11-16-2007, 08:26 AM   #11
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We have True Blue, an HMO for Medicare eligible people in our region. It provides significantly more benefits than the Medicare/Medicare Supplements that I've checked out. As the name implies, TB is one of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield subsidiaries. TB collects from Medicare the amount Medicare determines is their cost for our coverage and we continue to pay the monthly Medicare payment. In addition, we pay $95 per month. As best I can tell, this amounts to a monthly premium to True Blue in excess of $700 for each of us.

We're thinking of moving back to Nebraska to be nearer our kids. I'm really concerned about finding a decent plan there.

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Old 11-16-2007, 10:28 AM   #12
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The cost of insurance is what's keeping me working. At least that's what I say in public. May even be true at the core.

We're on our own, but were able to join a "group" through Farm Bureau. Anthem BC/BS. First year was 775/month with high ded. Just reached our first anniversary and the new monthly is 945.
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:36 AM   #13
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We are self-employed & use Nat'l Assn. for the Self-Employed (NASE). Premiums are about $1300 quarterly for our family of 5. I think our deductible is $1000.

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Old 11-16-2007, 02:44 PM   #14
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We pay about $900/mth. for two. I consider it a bargain given what it will cover if anything happens. Helicopter transport $6K plus. PET scan $8-10K. Hospitalization $5k to six figures. Meds. Dr visits, etc.

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