Affordable health insurance plans?

kayjonesMay 11, 2007

Is there such a plan?

My husband died in April of this year. My stepson (17 yrs old), and I (57), were covered under his work health care plan. As of June of this year, we will have to find another plan or go with COBRA.

I have been looking into other plans, but at quotes of $5-600/month for both of us, I can't afford it. I checked into the one where I work, and it would be $400/month with a $1,000 deductable. As you might imagine, my husband made WAAAAY more money than I do, and our income has been cut by three-fourths.

If anyone has any ideas/suggestions, I'd appreciate hearing them. Thank you in advance.

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Jonesy

I haven't had any experience with this kind of situation, but a friend and her family did. They bought hospitalization only. They paid for all of their doctor's visits and were insured for hospital and doctors visit there. It saved them quit a bit. What's wrong with Cobra?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 8:15PM
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lindac

There are all sorts of loopholes to be wary of. I would so NOT recommend buying only hospitalization insurance.
Cobra insurance is expensive and very poor coverage!
The plan at your work would likely be the best....but I urge you to read all the fine print and exclusions.
Many people change jobs to have a good health care plan...it's that important.
Linda C

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 11:35PM
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Vickey__MN

You may be caught between the proverbial rock and hard place. Depending on your income you may qualify for low income healthcare, IF it is available in your state, call your local County Welfare office. Otherwise, GOOD healthcare that is AFFORDABLE is not always there.

I am sorry for your loss.

Vickey-MN

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 7:12AM
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rob333

I am very sorry for your loss, words don't express this well enough. Get a "Certificate of Credible Coverage" from your husband's employer in order to go on your work plan without pre-existing conditions. I cannot stress this enough. Yes, make sure it's the coverage you want.

COBRA is the exact same coverage you already have under your husband's plan. Albeit expensive, you can continue with it until you make up your mind. It's not less in any way, unless you have a plan that is currently inadequate.

What is COBRA?
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requires most employers with group health plans to offer employees the opportunity to continue temporarily their group health care coverage under their employer's plan if their [or in your case, your husband's] coverage otherwise would cease due to termination, layoff, or other change in employment status (referred to as "qualifying events").

Here is a link that might be useful: COBRA

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 10:19AM
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