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How to purchase personal health insurance in Connecticut

In Connecticut, most health insurance plans are guaranteed to be issued and will cover all pre-existing conditions. There are some health plans that have restrictions so be cautious.

Open enrollment is a time period which allows you to purchase health insurance or to make changes to your current health insurance plan.

For people under age 65 the open enrollment for 2017 is from
11-1-2016 through January 31st, 2017.

For people who are Medicare beneficiaries open enrollment for 2017 is from 10-15-2016 through December 7th, 2016.

There are qualifying events or special circumstances which allows you to change or purchase new health plans outside of the open enrollment. These dates are called "Special Enrollments Periods ".

Private health insurance plans have a large network of Doctors and Medical Providers.

Government plans such as Access, Husky and Medicaid have smaller networks of Doctors and medical providers.

If you want your doctors, it is good to call your doctors office and see what plans they accept before enrolling in a health plan. Once a plan is chosen you must keep that health plan untill another enrollment opens for January 1st the following year.


A good health insurance broker may ask you health questions on how you use medical care in order to help you find a plan that will pay for those medical care bills.

Having a health plan that pays for the medical services that you use is the preferred plan and will save you money.


A broker is an insurance agent that understands the coverages and prices for many different companies. Brokers have the authority to sell many different health plans from different companies.

Brokers represent you and some have the knowledge to help you get the best plan for you and your family's medical needs.

Brokers can be helpful about the doctor networks, . . .
the prescription drug networks , . . . .
and the health plan benefits . . . .

The government requires more and more medical coverages to be changed every year and an insurance broker can help you understand those yearly changes.

Pricing

The price and services provided by a health plan is exactly the same no matter where you purchase your health insurance.


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Connecticut health insurance plans available to individuals, families, and businesses.

 

All Connecticut health insurance companies and insurance plans are approved by the State of Connecticut - Department of Insurance. The department of insurance looks at the financial papers of these insurance companies to make sure they have and maintain enough funds to pay claims, and that the company sets aside adequate moneys to pay for future claims.

The State of Connecticut also requires all health insurance to include certain coverages and benefits required by law. These requirements are called "mandates". These mandates increase the costs of health insurance. Connecticut healtrh insurance is one of the most heavily mandated states in America and has some of the highest health insurance prices reflecting these mandates.

The Husky Plan and the Charter Oak Plan are Government run health Plans. They are not health insurance policies and therefore do not comply with Connecticut State Laws and Mandates.

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Connecticare health insurance plans in Connecticut

 

Connecticare is a health care company that serves about 240,000 members in Connecticut. This company has grown in Connecticut and has over 500 employees who reside mainly in Connecticut. Connecticare covers the entire state of Connecticut , as well as western Massachusetts, and now parts of New York. Their network has grown to over 22,000 providers and 85 hospitals. In 2007, ConnectiCare has ranked #5 out of over 259 health plans by U.S. News & World Report. This was based on NCQA America’s Best Health Plans 2007. These rankings are based annually on the industry standards for clinical quality of prevention and treatment, and customer experience and satisfaction. Connecticare offers quality health care and affordable health insurance plans. Connecticare continues to be the highest ranked managed care plan in Connecticut. Mickey Herbert is the President and CEO.

 

Connecticare health care plans are affordable. Here they are: Connecticare Solo plans are affordable for individuals, and families. For self employed health insurance plans, Connecticare offers small business health insurance in Ct. Connecticare VIP plans which are medicare advantage plans for those persons disabled or over age 65. Solo Insurance for all ages. Connecticare Group health and dental insurance plans for small businesses.

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurance plans in Connecticut

  Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is a health care company that serves about 1,100,000 state residents. This health insurance company began in 1936 in Connecticut and has over 1,600 employees. Anthem Blue Cross covers the entire state of Connecticut , as well as throughout the United States. Their Connecticut network has grown to over 16,000 providers and 30 hospitals. In 2007, Anthem Blue Cross has ranked #10 out of over 259 health plans by U.S. News & World Report. This was based on NCQA America’s Best Health Plans 2007. These rankings are based annually on the industry standards for clinical quality of prevention and treatment, and customer experience and satisfaction. Anthem offers many types of affordable health plans. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is one of the the highest ranked managed care plan in Connecticut. David R Fusco is the Chief Executive Officer.
 

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans offered are: Anthem Bluecare Direct, Century Preferred Direct, Lumenos, and Tonik plans for individuals, and families. For self employed health insurance plans, Anthem offers small business health insurance in Ct. Anthem Blue Cross medicare supplement, medigap, and medicare advantage plans are for those who are disabled or over age 65. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield group health , dental, and life insurance for businesses.

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Aetna health insurance plans in Connecticut.

  Aetna Insurance offers many types of insurance in Connecticut. As a health care company, Aetna serves about 30,000 state residents. Aetna Insurance began in 1853 and has about 7000 employees in Connecticut. Aetna covers the entire state of Connecticut , as well as throughout the United States. Their Connecticut network has grown to over ,000 providers and 33 hospitals. Mark Bertolini is the President and Ron Willliams is the Chairman and CEO.
 

Aetna health insurance plans offered are: Aetna Advantage plans and Aetna Advantage dental plans for individuals and families. For self employed health insurance plans, Aetna offers small business health insurance in Ct. Aetna medicare advantage plans for the disabled or over age 65. Aetna group health , dental and life insurance for small businesses.

 

View Aetna Health insurance plans, rates and quotes here.

Golden Rule health insurance plans in Connecticut

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Golden Rule health insurance plans offered are: Golden Rule Copay , HSA plans, Deductible plans, a hospital only, and short term plans. Through their affiliate company, UnitedHealthcare, medicare supplement, medigap plans and medicare advantage plans are offered for the disabled and over age 65. Golden Rules does not offer group insurance plans in Connecticut, but their affiliates UnitedHealthcare and Oxford Health offer these plans in Connecticut.

   
 
 

Glossary of Health Insurance Terms: These terms are defined for general information only. These terms may have varying definitions based on each state law and within the insurance company contract definitions. If you have specific legal questions please call an attorney.

 

Accidental – sudden and not intended

Accidental health policy – is a type of health insurance policy that pays for medical expenses for accidental medical care only.

Allowable expense(s) - A medical health expense that is approved by the insurance company and part or all of which is covered under a health insurance plan. Health plan documents will show examples of expenses or services that are or are not considered allowable medical expenses.

Ambulatory Surgery - Surgical procedures that do not require an overnight hospital stay. These can be done inside a hospital or medical office. This is also referred to as outpatient surgery.

Approved Insurance plans - are those plans that are approved by the State Insurance Department and carry many coverage’s required by law. These plans are generally better than non approved insurance plans.

Authorization – is the approval of a medical procedure prior to such procedure. This also called preauthorization or precertification. This is a good thing for a member to do.

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B

Benefit – term used to indicate that there is coverage or protection under the terms of the health insurance plan for payment for medical services.

Brand name drug - A prescription which is patented and protected by trademark registration.

C

Capitation – A prepaid amount paid by the insurance company to a medical provider for services render to a member of a health insurance plan.

Case management - The process of identifying members at high risk for problems associated with physical or mental health care needs and assessing opportunities to coordinate care to optimize the outcome and reduce expenses.

Certification – approval of medical procedure and or coverage.

Charter Oak Plan - is a Government run health plan. It is not a health insurance policy and therefore it does not comply with Connecticut State Laws and Mandates.

Chemotherapy – Medical treatment of malignant disease by chemical or biological drugs.

Chiropractic care - Alternative medical care administered by a licensed chiropractor. A chiropractor adjusts the spine and joints to treat physical pain and to improve general health.

Cobra Insurance - is a term used to refer to health insurance plans that are paid for by past employees and can include coverage for their dependents.

Coinsurance – is the portion of a medical expense that is shared by the member and the insurance company. Coinsurance is usually expressed as a percentage. The insurance company pays 80% and the member pays 20% of the medical bill. There is usually a limitation as to the maximum a member will pay per year. Then the health plan will pay 100% thereafter per year.

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Connecticut health insurance specialist - is an Independent agent in Connecticut who represents the employer or individual in purchasing health insurance. Such agents are experts on all health plans in Connecticut.

Coordination of benefits – a contract provision within a health insurance plan that explains how claims are to be paid in the event of there being 2 or more health plans covering a medical procedure. Coordination of benefits is a systematic insurance procedure to avoid delays in paying claims, and to avoid paying more than 100% of the medical claim.

Copayment - The dollar amount required to be paid by the member in connection with medical care or prescription drugs.

Covered benefits – medical care which is covered in whole or in part under a health insurance plan. These coverage’s and limitations are stated within the insurance policy.

Custodial Care - Any type of care where the care provided is to attend to the member's activities of daily living. This care does not require the attention of a licensed or trained medical provider. Some examples of this are: assistance in walking, getting in and out of bed, bathing oneself, dressing oneself, feeding oneself, using the toilet, and medicating oneself.

Customary and Reasonable - the amount charged for medical services by other providers in the same geographic area is called customary and reasonable. This is also called “reasonable and customary” and also “usual, customary and reasonable (UCR)ry, and Reasonable"(UCR).

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Deductible – the amount a you must pay for a medical service. The deductible can be stated per person, per family, per year, per admission, and per service or per procedure. You also can have a combination of these conditions. For example, you can have a deductible for medical and a deductible for prescriptions.

Dependent - a person who is eligible to be enrolled for medical coverage as determined by the laws of the State and agreed upon with the health insurance plan. Some examples would be a spouse, a child, or a domestic partner.

Diagnostic tests – are medical procedures to determine how a patients health is. Some examples are x-rays, blood tests, urine tests, ultrasound, and other laboratory and pathology tests.

Drug Formulary - a list of prescription drugs created by the health insurance plan which includes generic drugs and brand name drugs. Drugs not on these lists are called Non-formulary drugs and have larger Copays. All health plans vary on copays and some health plans require you to pay the difference between a generic and name brand drug. Always refer to a Independent Health Insurance Specialist for answers to this.

E

Emergency medical condition - is when a member experiences acute symptoms of great severity or severe pain, and that a normal person, would expect that immediate medical attention is needed to prevent death or disability. Each State and health insurance plans uses different wording in this area.

Exclusions are specific limitations that are placed on specific health conditions and specific circumstance where the health plan provides no coverage or benefits. These exclusions are specified with the health insurance policy.

F

Formulary - a list of prescription drugs created by the health insurance plan which includes generic drugs and brand name drugs. Drugs not on these lists are called Non-formulary drugs and have larger copays. All health plans vary on copays and some health insurance plans require you to pay the difference between a generic and name brand drug. Always refer to a Independent Health Insurance Specialist for answers to this

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Generic Drug – is a prescription drug which is not protected by trademark registration, and is sold as an equal to a Name Brand drug.

H

Health Plan - health insurance is referred to as HMOs, PPOs, PFFS, POS plans etc. which are all health plans. Each health plan defines the coverage’s or benefits offered and then takes away coverages through exclusions, limitations and conditions.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) - HIPAA is a federal law enacted in 1996. It was designated to improve availability and portability of health coverage by:
1. Limiting exclusions for pre-existing conditions;
2. Providing credit for prior health coverage;
3. Allowing transmittal of the coverage information to a new insurer;
4. Providing rights to allow individuals to enroll for health coverage when they lose their health coverage or have a new dependent;
5. Prohibiting discrimination in enrollment/premiums
6. Guaranteeing availability of health insurance coverage for small employers.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) – is a type of health insurance plan where the members of the health plans are able to go to the medical providers within the HMO network. The medical providers have contracts to provide services at set fees for all members within the HMO network of providers.

Home health care – is a coverage or benefit that pays for skilled nursing and other services provided in a home setting. This is an alternative to confinement in a hospital or skilled nursing facility which is very expensive. .

Hospital – is a business that offers inpatient and outpatient services. A hospital may be a general hospital, an acute care hospital, or a rehabilitation or specialty care hospital.

Husky Plan- is a Government run health plan. It is not a health insurance policy and therefore it does not comply with Connecticut State Laws and Mandates.

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I-k

Indemnity Plan – an indemnity plan allows members flexibility in their choice of health care providers for covered medical expenses. Members are very active and are responsible for seeking precertification, paying for services rendered, and submitting claims for reimbursement by the health plan. These plans usually have deductibles and coinsurances which the member must pay before any expenses are paid under the health insurance plan.

In-Network – is sometimes called an HMO and refers to the use of providers who participate in health plan's provider network.

Inpatient Care – is when service is provided after the patient is admitted to the hospital and has a bed for the night. Inpatient care must last for 24 hours or more.

L

Limitations – are restrictions within a health insurance plan that places a limit on the amount of coverage or benefits it will pay.

M

Maximum Out of Pocket - is the maximum out of pocket amount that a member or enrollee will have to pay for expenses covered under the health plan. The maximum can be a coinsurance maximum or a copayment maximum. Once a member reaches the out of pocket maximum, the health plan pays 100% of covered medical care

Medical Emergency - is when a member experiences acute symptoms of great severity or severe pain, and that a normal person, would expect that immediate medical attention is needed to prevent death or disability.

Medically necessary – is a term use by health plans when determining whether coverage and benefits for medical care that is appropriate.

Mental disorder – is a medical condition for which coverage and benefits for medical care and treatment by a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, a psychologist or a psychiatric social worker.

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Non-Participating Provider - is a term generally used to refer to medical providers who have not contracted with a health plan to provide services at reduced fees. POS plans would act as an indemnity plan and cover some of the expenses for out of network claims. Non-Participating provider are covered as Network providers when use was for an emergency situation.

O

Occupational Therapy – is medical treatment to restore a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, walking, eating, and drinking.

Office Visits – coverage or benefits for costs incurred as a result of a vist to a doctors office.

Out of Pocket Maximum – is the maximum out of pocket amount that a member or enrollee will have to pay for expenses covered under the health plan. The maximum can be a coinsurance maximum or a copayment maximum. Once a member reaches the out of pocket maximum, the health plan pays 100% of covered medical care.

Outpatient Surgery – is surgery that is performed on a member who is able to leave the hospital without an overnight stay in the hospital.

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Participating Provider – is a physician, a hospital, a skilled nursing facility, or other medical provider, who contracts with a health insurance plan, to provide medical services to members/enrollees for a negotiated fee.

Physical Therapy – is medical treatment which uses physical movement to relieve pain, restore function and prevent disability following disease, an injury, or a loss of limb.

Plan documents - includes the health insurance policy, the group agreement, group policy, and/or a certificate of insurance.

Preexisting condition – is a health problem or condition that existed prior to the date your health insurance plan became effective.

Preexisting Condition Exclusion – is when a health insurance plan adds or uses a clause or rider that specifies it will not cover a preexisting condition. Sometimes the clause may limit the benefit payable for treatment of a preexisting condition until a certain period of time has passed. This varies by State and health insurance plan.

Prescription – is a written order from a licensed provider for medical treatment. Medical treatment can be the usual prescription drug, or it could be for other medical care such as physical therapy.

Preventative Care – is medical care usually provided by a physician and is not medically necessary to address a medical problem or condition. What is included under preventative care varies greatly from each health plan and each State. Typical coverage is annual exams, routine physicals, OBGYN exams Mammograms, and pap smears. Yet some health plans cover flu shots, colonoscopy’s, prostate exams and blood tests. It is best to consult a local health insurance expert for accurate answers here.

Primary Care Physician (PCP) – is usually your first contact for a medical problem. They are the local physicians such as a family care practitioner, an internist or a pediatrician. Primary Care Physicians monitors your health, and diagnoses and treats minor health problems, and refers you to specialists if needed.

Prosthetic Devices – are a device which replaces all or a portion of a part of the human body. These devices are medically necessary because a part of the body is permanently damaged, is absent, or is malfunctioning.

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Reasonable and Customary Charge – is the maximum amount a plan or health insurance plan will consider for a covered expense. Medical charges are “reasonable and customary” if they are similar to charges made by most physicians or providers for similar medical care in the same locality.

Referral – some health plans requires a member to get a recommendation from their primary care physician before they see a specialist physician. A member who fails to get a referral could find the health plan will not pay for those medical services. The better plans do not require referrals. Members usually have to pay for 2 doctor visits.


S

Short Term Health Insurance- is a temporary health insurance intended for people who need coverage for less than 1 year. Generally, these plans do not cover preexisting conditions and are more of a catastrophic plan. The pricing is generally half the price of a regular health insurance plan. They were developed for people in between jobs, just graduating school, or for temporary losses of health plans.

Skilled Nursing Facility – is a medical institution that is licensed and approved under state law. These medical providers are providing skilled nursing care and related services.

State Continuation Insurance is a term used to refer to health insurance plans that are paid for by past employees and can include medical coverage for their dependents.

Subscriber – is usually the employee covered under an employer's group insurance plan. The subscriber can enroll or remove dependents on the policy. Subscribers are sometimes referred to as members or enrollees.

Specialist
A Physician who provides medical care in any generally accepted medical or surgical specialty or subspecialty.

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T - U

Urgent Care – is medical care for an unexpected illness or injury that is not life threatening, but requires medical care now to avoid complications and to stop unnecessary pain and suffering, such as a cut requiring stitches or a high fever. Urgent care is great for evening and weekends, but the copay is generally higher than a doctor visit but less than a hospital emergency room visit.

W

Well Baby and Well Child Care is medical care for routine care such as exams, testing, checkups, and standard immunizations for a healthy child.


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