First things first. “Short Term health plans”, “Temporary insurance”, “Short Term medical” – they’re just different words for saying the same thing. No matter what you call it, a Short Term health insurance plan is something to consider if you have a gap in coverage. A Short Term plan doesn’t come with all the bells and whistles of an employer or Affordable Care Act (ACA) plan, but it can cover a lot of the basic health insurance needs you may have – hospital treatment, doctor visits, specialist visits, ER, X-rays, lab work – basically most of the biggies. There are a number of plans to choose from. No surprise…the more you pay, the better the benefits.
What’s nice is you can cover your spouse and dependents, but it doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions. So if you currently have a health problem like cancer, diabetes or asthma, you won’t be able to get coverage.+
Although it shouldn’t be considered a substitute for long-term health insurance, Short Term may be a great security blanket to get you by for up to 360* days. It’s designed to be affordable, too. Terms can vary by state and insurer, so just make sure you know what you’re getting.
+Health conditions mentioned are not a complete list.
*In many states, the maximum duration for Short Term plans is just under 12 months, or 360 days.
Whether you decide on Short Term or other health insurance plans, consider supplemental health insurance to help round out coverage.
Quotes for Short Term health insurance plans you are directed to through ShortTermHealthPlan.com are made available by GetHealthInsurance.com Agency, Inc., which is an affiliate of UnitedHealthcare.