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North Carolina Short Term Health Insurance

Short Term Health Insurance in North Carolina refers to medical insurance that provides protection against unexpected health care expenses.  In North Carolina, policies can be purchased from 30 days to 3 years.  The application process is simple - only a few qualifying questions to answer.  Coverage can begin as early as the next day.

Good to know:  Understand your budget.  The average consumer spends around 5% of their annual income on health insurance premiums.  Keep in mind, this doesn't take into account other expenses, such as deductibles or out of pocket costs.  If the health care plan you are considering is priced significantly higher than 5% of your income, unless you're expecting an income increase in the very near future, you should consider choosing another plan.
What is Short Term Health Insurance?
The first thing to do is define short term health insurance.  There are two parts to this: What short term health insurance was, and what short term health insurance is now.

In the not too recent past, short term health insurance was designed just for short term situations.  The health insurance term duration ranged from several months to a year. 
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This type of health insurance was for individuals who needed temporary medical insurance, or for individuals who could not afford traditional health insurance.  It was used mostly by employees who frequently changed jobs, or employees waiting for their group health insurance plan to kick in.  Often, young adults would select a short term health insurance plan because of its affordability.  The rationale being they could purchase a traditional health insurance plan once they were more financially established.  The actual medical coverage was strictly for hospitalization.  Doctor visit benefits, preventative services, or prescription drug benefits, were unheard of.

Today's short term health insurance plans are quite different.  In North Carolina, many short term health insurance plans offer doctor visit copay benefits, preventative services, prescription drug benefits, and more.  There are now short term health plans available in North Carolina that can be held for up to three years before a new application is needed.

The short term medical insurance benefit structure is beginning to look a lot like traditional health insurance plans.  North Carolians have noticed.  Short-term health insurance is becoming an ideal health insurance solution for a growing number of North Carolina families.

Good to know:  Be up front about finances.  Are you short on cash?  Do you have a high insurance deductible?  Don't be embarrassed to tell your doctor or dentist.  He may be able to suggest less costly treatment options or even agree to lower fees.  "Try to negotiate the fee you pay before or at the time you make your appointment and/or offer to pay cash," suggests Ruth Linden of Tree of Life Health Advocates.  "Some physicians will agree to accept a reduced rate, if you inform them you are experiencing difficult financial circumstances." In fact, a Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive poll found that three out of five people who negotiated with their doctors received discounts.
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Short term health insurance is not for every circumstance.  It lacks several of the guaranteed benefits that are part of the Affordable Care Act portfolio of plans.  However, There are several notable advantages.

  • Affordability.  Traditional Health insurance options can be very costly.  A short term health insurance plan will likely be a more affordable solution.
  • Employment Gap.  If you receive health insurance through your employer and are between plans or jobs, short-term health insurance can help cover you and your family for the interim.
  • Network.  If you live in an area with few healthcare providers, short-term insurance may help expand your options.
  • Near immediate coverage.  In most cases, you can qualify and be covered by a short term health insurance plan within 24 hours.

UNC REX Hospital
UNC REX Hospital
4420 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: (919) 784-3100
Plus Code: R78W+XR Raleigh, North Carolina
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Speaking with a true health insurance specialist will help you determine if a North Carolina short term health insurance plan is the right choice for you and your family.  Give us a call today.

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