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buy medical insurance?
and families buy medical insurance to insure themselves against the risk of
financial ruin as a result of someone getting sick or injured.
Several different types of plans exist which offset the risks in
different ways. Three of the most
common are Traditional Major Medical, PPO and HMO plans.
in a hurry. How fast can I get medical insurance?
Term medical can go into effect the day after it is applied for.
Individual/Family medical insurance can usually be obtained within 3 to 4 weeks
after we receive your completed application and your check.
never cancel any existing insurance policy that this new coverage is intended to
replace until after you have received your new policy and found it to be
I be a U.S. resident to buy medical insurance through Continental Advisors?
Atlas Series offers coverage to non-residents, but most of our listed companies
require U.S. citizenship or a permanent Green Card or Visa.
should I answer the Tobacco User question?
all insurance application-related questions, you must answer this one truthfully
and honestly. If you have used tobacco in any form (including even occasional
use of chewing tobacco, pipes, cigars and cigarettes) in the last 12 months, you
are considered to be a tobacco user and should click YES to being a tobacco
do you need to know my occupation?
insurance companies base their rates on your actual occupation. Generally, if
your occupation is more hazardous than that of a non-hazardous nature, coverage
becomes more difficult and expensive to obtain.
do you need my zip code and county information?
insurance companies rates are based on postal zip codes and/or county of
residence information. In order to deliver an accurate quotation, this
information is required.
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is the difference between Traditional
Major Medical, HMO, and PPO plans?
Traditional Major Medical plan is one in which your insurance company will
reimburse you for covered medical expenses after certain conditions are
met. One of these conditions is that you will have to pay a deductible.
Deductibles can range from $50 to $5,000.
As a general rule, the higher the deductible, the lower the premium cost.
A second condition is a Traditional Major Medical plan typically requires
you to pay a portion of the cost above the deductible, this is often referred to
as co-insurance. Typically, the
co-insurance amount is expressed as a percentage of the claim amount above the
deductible. A common co-insurance
percentage is 80/20, where the insurance company pays 80% and you pay 20%. At
Continental Advisors, you can find plans with deductibles from $0 to $5,000 and
co-insurance percentages from 50/50 to 100/0. As a general rule, you will be
able to choose your doctor without reference to an approved list provided by the
HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) is a managed care program.
Most HMO's require each family member to select a Primary Care Physician
from an approved list provided by the HMO.
This Primary Care Physician will then direct all of your medical
treatment including referring you to a specialist.
This specialist is usually a member of the HMO you are insured with.
Failure to see your selected Primary Care Physician first (unless in an
emergency situation) can result in sharply reduced benefits or no benefit at
all. As a general rule, HMO's
provide the most comprehensive medical care; such as routine office visits,
physical exams, well-baby care and immunizations.
HMO's also feature low office visit co-payments and usually do not
require the filing of claim forms.
PPO plan (Preferred Provider Organization) combines elements of a Major Medical
plan with an HMO. There is a list
of Preferred Providers of doctors and hospitals you can choose from, but you are
free to choose an out-of-network doctor or hospital. However, if you choose an out-of-network provider, you will
probably have to pay an increased percentage of the cost.
A typical plan may provide that in-network provider services are provided
with an 80/20 co-insurance percentage, while out-of-network provider services
would be provided with a 60/40 co-insurance percentage. You usually will have to
pay a deductible and a co-insurance payment with a PPO plan.
do I know which plan is right for me?
are a number of factors to consider before choosing a health plan; many depend
on your location, specific family situation and personal preference.
Questions you should ask before deciding include:
Do you have a personal/family doctor you want to continue using?
How far would you need to travel for medical care covered by your plan?
How important is this?
Does a low premium/ high deductible plan fit your needs, or would an
or PPO plan serve your needs better?
What type of plan do you prefer - HMO, PPO, traditional
What is the maximum you would have to pay, including premiums,
deductibles, and co-insurance payments?
is the maximum benefit the insurance company will pay?