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Health Care Reform Enrollment In California
Health Insurance for a Baby
Only a week left in the 2015 California Open Enrollment Period. February 15th is the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage.
What do you need to do to be prepared? How do you renew your existing plan? How do you change to a new plan? Find out in the post “2015 Open Enrollment Preparation – What You Must Do To Be Ready.”
If you have a Cigna health insurance plan from 2013, you’ve just been transferred into a much higher cost plan with different benefits. Are there better options for you? See our recent post about the Cigna changes and how your old plan maps into the new health care reform plans in California.
If you have questions about Obamacare, we’ve created a marketplace of our own here at SPF Insurance where you can find answers to your questions. The starting point is the page: California Health Care Reform
As always, let us know if something is not clear, or if there is other information you need. This section of the website will grow regularly as we add new content frequently. So come back again.
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California Health Insurance Companies We Work With
We offer medical insurance and Medicare plans from all the major companies:
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Shield of California
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United Health Care
San Diego Health Insurance Quotes Made Easy
SPF Insurance Services is an independent brokerage firm that will help you quickly find a good solution for your San Diego Health Insurance needs.
USING SPF INSURANCE BROKERS WILL NOT COST YOU ANYTHING!
BUT WE WILL SAVE YOU TIME AND EFFORT
You’ll get the same price for your health insurance if you work with us or go directly to the insurance company or directly to Covered California. The benefit of using us is that we can save you a lot of time and effort because we know what all the options are, and we know how the Obamacare system works. The insurance company you choose for your health plan will pay SPF Insurance for helping you.
All we ask of you is that you leave a review for us if we are able to make it easy for you to get health insurance.
See Our Analysis Of Baby Health Insurance and HSA Insurance Plans!
For California Health Savings Account health insurance we start with an overview of what HSA compatible health policies are, how they work, who they’re a good fit for, and which health plans we recommend. Then we cover what the Health Savings Account is, how it works, and where you can set one up, along with additional information on what qualified medical expenses are.
One of our popular topics is on Baby Health Insurance in California. Here we start with the birth of the baby and help parents decide which policy to put their new baby on. Then we cover what baby and child health costs look like, what well baby care is, and make specific recommendations for different types of children.
Go ahead and check these out, and be sure to LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
We Are Experts On Maternity Insurance In California
At SPF Insurance, we believe that our recommendations need to be based on facts and analysis. Especially when we know that the medical coverage will be used to pay for “known” expenses. Maternity Insurance is a great example of this.
Couples preparing to have a child, already know that they will have prenatal medical expenses and delivery costs when the baby is born. These expenses tend to be very similar for each woman. What we’ve done is analyze the maternity costs of all medical plans, and then we provide our recommendations of the Top 5 Maternity Insurance Plans In California. Then we show you what the expected total medical costs will be for the pregnancy and delivery period.
The new Obamacare changes have completely changed the best plans list. Check out the new San Diego Health Insurance with maternity coverage. We update the analysis whenever the health companies change the policies or pricing, so you will find the best maternity coverage options listed here.
Get Quality Medical Services In San Diego
The Southern California and San Diego Health Insurance marketplace is served by all the major health carriers. The San Diego area is home to numerous research hospitals that provide state of the art health treatment technologies and modalities. The region also contains a variety of large medical groups, Scripps, Sharp, UCSD, and Arch Health, that contain specialists in every field of medicine. By selecting your physician from a large medical group you can be assured of getting comprehensive attention for all your needs.
With a strong biotech industry, 3 large university systems (San Diego State University, University of California San Diego, University of San Diego), and 29 hospitals, the residents of San Diego have a wealth of medical options when it comes to using their health coverage. San Diego is truly “America’s Finest City” both in lifestyle and health infrastructure.
Find California Individual Health Insurance That Fits Your Needs
The California lifestyle keeps people active and healthy. Surfing at the beaches, hiking the mountains, biking on scenic trails scattered throughout the state, and eating locally grown health food gives people in southern California a unique advantage over those that live almost anywhere else. The result of this is that individual health insurance San Diego rates tend to be lower than most of the rest of California, and much lower than anywhere else in the US.
The best way to get an individual health insurance plan is to follow the 5 step process outlined below. That way you get the full benefit of the knowledge and recommendations on this website. If you have any questions, please call us at 858-613-3628, and one of our advisors will be glad to help you.
5 Steps to Get The California Health Insurance Plan For You!
- Go to the Health Insurance Quote Information page, and read the entry “4 Keys to Understanding Health Insurance Plans”.
- Look at the Recommendation Table on the Health Insurance Quote Information page to determine which category describes your situation, and then review the specific plans that best fit people in that category.
- Run a Health Insurance Quote and click the “Check to Compare” boxes (in orange) beside the ones that were identified in the Recommendation Table and then click the “Compare” button to get a side by side view of the medical benefits.
- Choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.
- Then read the Application Tips before you click on the “Apply Now” button.
If you have any problems or questions, please call us and one of our Advisors would love to help you.
San Diego Family Health Insurance, California
San Diego is a great location to raise a family. The school system is above average (some districts are top ranked within the state), the economy is diverse and offers jobs of all types, in many industries, and with a wide range of skill and education levels, and the region is a hotbed of small entrepreneurial start-ups and family businesses.
Because of these small family businesses, the need to provide affordable family health insurance is vital. At SPF Insurance we pride ourselves on being able to help families find medical coverage that fits their specific needs.
Whether it be a new couple just beginning a family and looking for maternity health insurance, or a family with 2 children in high school that needs good benefits but keep the premium costs down, we can help you get the family health insurance you need and can afford.
Affordable Health Insurance in San Diego California
Shopping for affordable health insurance in California is fairly easy, as there is a wealth of resources you can find here on this website. What’s affordable to one person, may be considered expensive to another, so you first have to decide what affordable medical coverage means to you. The most common definition of affordable health insurance is it costs less than _________ (fill in your limit), the amount you can afford to pay.
Using this as the starting point, you can compare the low cost health quotes that are less than your upper limit. This can be done by running a health quote and then scanning down the list of options and checking the “compare” box next to the ones you are interested in.
There is always a trade-off between affordable health insurance in San Diego and cheap health insurance in San Diego. You’ll want to make sure that the benefits offered meet your needs. Be forewarned, cheaper is not always better. In maternity coverage, the low cost health insurance policies typically result in much higher total out-of-pocket expenses for the mother. However, high cost maternity insurance coverage isn’t the best option either.
At SPF Insurance, we’ve done the Price versus Benefits analysis to determine what health or maternity policy will provide the best cost and benefits
If you need some help or just want to bounce your ideas off a knowledgeable advisor, please give us a call.
How To Get Health Insurance in San Diego California If You Have Low Income
Low cost or free health insurance plans are available in every region of California for individuals and families with low income. The Affordable Care Act created “subsidies” which can reduce the cost of your health plan, and expanded the eligibility for Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid).
To qualify for free low income health insurance San Diego residents need to have an income that is below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. If so, then you can qualify for Medi-Cal.
If your income is above 138% but below 400% of the federal poverty level, then you may qualify for subsidized health insurance through Covered California. Covered California is the Obamacare Exchange here in the golden state. Get more details about this on Health Care Reform Subsidy page.
When Shopping For Health Insurance Self Employed People Need Know These 3 Things
Because you are self employed there are a few pitfalls you need to be careful about. First is that your health insurance choice will last for a full year. You will have limited ability to change your coverage outside of the special enrollment periods and open enrollment periods.
Second is that when you are initially starting out working for yourself, and shopping for health insurance, self employed individuals and their families may qualify for subsidized coverage now (Obamacare). If so, then you need to check the networks your doctor accepts, determine what type of coverage you and your family needs, and then get health insurance quotes “On Exchange” through this website.
The last item is that as your self employment income increases, your subsidy amount will decrease. We’ll need to review your income situation a couple times during the year to determine if we need to report a change to your Covered Californa application. This will help to keep you from having to repay extra subsidies to the IRS when you file your tax return next year.
Look in the Obamacare section of the website for more details about this, or give us a call and we’ll help you directly.
If You Vacation In Exotic Locations You’ll Need Travel Health Insurance
Everyone needs a good long vacation now and then. If that holiday is to a country with exotic flora and fauna, then you’ll want to be prepared.
Bugs, local water, and natural bacteria that only exist in those locations could land you in a hospital. That’s where inexpensive travel health insurance steps in and provides you with coverage. These plans provide coverage for all medical needs and offer an extensive network of doctors world wide.
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Do You Need Health Insurance For Students?
Most major universities now require students to have health insurance coverage. You have the choice to use the student health insurance plan offered by the university, or you can get your own health plan.
You have to be a little bit careful if you choose to get your own health insurance for students. The reason is that the school probably has a minimum set of benefit requirements. Many times these minimum requirements are very hard to get in regular health insurance plans.
Schools want the student to be healthy and in class every day. Therefore, the health insurance plans are required to provide benefits that would encourage students to get help at the first sign of a cold.
If you are going to shop for your own health insurance, then find out what the school’s health plan requirements are and compare those to the plan benefits shown in regular health insurance quotes. If you need assistance, please call us and we’ll be happy to help.
A Word About Cheap Health Insurance
Caveat emptor, or “let the buyer beware” is a good starting point for discussing cheap health insurance in San Diego or anywhere in California. The health care reform changes have regulated what the health insurance plans are, and what the minimum benefits must be.
Health Insurance rates and prices are approved and regulated by the State of California Department of Insurance. Therefore, the prices of all plans really don’t qualify as being “cheap” anymore.
The cheap health insurance plans are only going to be available to you if you qualify for subsidized health insurance through the California health exchange. If your income is low enough, you may qualify for the cheapest health insurance of all: Medi-Cal, the California version of the federal Medicaid program.
“You get what you pay for” is the best way to describe Medi-Cal. Many people are complaining that they can’t find a physician that takes NEW patients. Therefore, your cheap Medi-Cal coverage may not provide you with much coverage.
Three Types Of Health Insurance Plans Are Available
There are three primary types of medical insurance plans available, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO), and Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), and Exclusive Provider Organizations.
HMO Health Insurance
HMOs were initially started in the 70’s as a way for the medicql insurance industry and government to provide better medical services for individuals by having a Primary Care Physician (PCP) act as a central contact for all medical services delivered to a patient. Any special medical needs were coordinated through the PCP to ensure that the patient received the proper treatment.
This service delivery model still exists today. Each patient is required to select a PCP, and the PCP will refer the patient to a specialist if needed. HMOs work well if your doctor is part of a large Medical Group in San Diego County. A few of these large medical groups have over a thousand doctors within them, with at least one physician in each specialty.
For some people, HMO plans have a negative stigma. It’s believed they are set up to prevent patients from getting the treatment they need. The PCP is seen as a gatekeeper, driven to minimize the service costs for each patient. This is not the case, and HMOs using large medical groups can actually seem more like a PPO plan. In large groups, the group can “internally refer” you to see a specialist for routine and ongoing care.
PPO Health Insurance
Preferred Provider Organizations allow the patient to visit any physician in the plan’s network of providers. If the patient decides to see an Orthopedic Surgeon because of an injury, they simply choose an Orthopedic Surgeon from the health company’s network of doctors. This freedom of choice makes PPOs very popular in the California Medical Insurance marketplace.
PPO plans also allow patients to see physicians outside the network if needed. Visits to doctors out of the network may require larger out of pocket costs for the patient, but will provide the ability to get treatment from ANY doctor.
The major health insurance companies in Southern California have large networks of PPO physicians. However, Obamacare reduced the size of all networks, so it is still a good idea to make sure that your physician is in the network before you apply for a policy.
EPO Health Insurance
Exclusive Provider Organizations are just like PPO plans, but with one difference. In an EPO plan patients are not allowed to see a physician that is not in the insurance companies’ network. If a non-network provider is used, then patients will pay the full cost for all medical services received.
In an EPO plan individuals will be able to get emergency treatment without having to see a network provider. Once the emergency is over, all follow up treatment will need to be from a doctor in the network.
UPDATE ON THE JULY 1ST 2012 CALIFORNIA HEALTH INSURANCE CHANGES
This update video is the first in a potential line of videos I’ll create when changes happen in the California health insurance marketplace. If you like this video write a comment to let me know, and “LIKE” this page just below here. If this is useful to people, then I’ll make this a regular occurrence.