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Health Insurance Options

In September 2021, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services finalized a new special enrollment period (SEP) in states that use (optional for other states), granting year-round enrollment in ACA-compliant health insurance if an applicant’s household income does not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level (FPL) and if the applicant is eligible for a premium tax credit (subsidy) that will cover the cost of the benchmark plan.

HHS has confirmed that this SEP will be available on the website (and enhanced direct enrollment entity websites) by “late March” 2022.


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A national association that represents America’s small and medium-sized businesses via networking, advocacy, and information sharing. Roughly forty-one million Americans go without healthcare every day; families of the provide its members with reliable services, resources, and benefits regardless of one’s circumstances or means.


LifeShield STM is great for those between jobs or who has been laid off, waiting for employer benefits, part-time or temporary employee recently graduated, or without adequate health insurance.


LifeShield STM features include:

  • Doctor/Urgent Care Visit Copay: $30 or $40 depending upon plan selected
  • Wellness Exams - 1 per Coverage Period
  • Deductibles - $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $7,500, $10,000
  • Choice of Coinsurance Percentage: 50%, 70%, 80%, or 100%
  • Choice of Coverage Period Length - Available for up to 36 months of coverage depending upon state regulations
  • Prepaid Policies are available. Choose a minimum of 30 days up to a maximum of 180 days
  • Choose to pay plan costs by MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, or Automatic bank draft
  • LifeShield STM pays covered expenses up to $1,000,000 Maximum Limit per Covered Person per Coverage Period (Maximum Limit is based on plan selected)

A national association that represents America’s small and medium-sized businesses via networking, advocacy, and information sharing. Roughly forty-one million Americans go without healthcare every day; families of the provide its members with reliable services, resources, and benefits regardless of one’s circumstances or means.

You can do your own search for health coverage

NOTE: Although the above will give you information on plans and companies available on the Marketplace, you are ENCOURAGED to call me to make sure you are getting your maximum subsidies and you avoid having to repay anything next year! Remember, it costs zero to use an agent!

ACA-Marketplace Plans

Only Available from November 1-December 15th, 2020 to select plans for 2021 unless you qualify for a special enrollment. Call or email to see if you qualify.

National General- Available Year-round!

Search health plans on your own!

Pivot Health - Available Year-round

Philadelphia American Insurance - Available Year-round!

All Philadelphia American Plans include:

Acceptance of List Bill - Contingent.pdf
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List Bill Transmittal - Standard.pdf
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Group List Bill Transmittal-Contingent
Used when will be adding more employees
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Acceptance of List Bill - Standard.pdf
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Employer draft for New Employee
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Info to give to provider to file a claim
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Claim Instructions for Critical Illness
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Claim Instructions Accident
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Gold Application
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Why do I need Medical Insurance?


As medical care advances and treatments increase, health care costs also increase. The purpose of health insurance is to help you pay for care. It protects you and your family financially in the event of an unexpected serious illness or injury that could be very expensive. In addition, you are more likely to get routine and preventive care if you have health insurance.

You need health insurance because you cannot predict what your medical bills will be. In some years, your costs may be low. In other years, you may have very high medical expenses. If you have health insurance, you will have peace of mind in knowing that you are protected from most of these costs. You should not wait until you or a family member becomes seriously ill to try to purchase health insurance.

We also know that there is a link between having health insurance and getting better health care. Research shows that people with health insurance are more likely to have a regular doctor and to get care when they need it. 

Most people get health insurance through their employers or organizations to which they belong. This is called group insurance. Some people do not have access to group insurance. They may choose to purchase their own individual health insurance directly from an insurance agency like james insurance consultants. 

Many Americans get health insurance through government programs that operate at the national, State, and local levels. Examples include Medicare, Medicaid, and programs run by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. 


Individual Insurance


If you are self-employed or your employer does not offer health insurance, you may not have access to group insurance. You may, however, be able to purchase individual coverage directly from an insurance company with the help of a licensed agent. When you buy your own health insurance, you will be responsible for paying the entire premium rather than sharing the cost with an employer. You should shop around to find a plan that fits your needs at a price that you are willing to pay, or, better still; use the services of a licensed independent agent to do your shopping for free! 

Most self-employed workers are able to deduct their health insurance premiums from their Federal taxable income, providing them with an important tax saving. Most States also offer similar tax preferences. If you are self-employed and buy individual health insurance, you should consult a tax advisor to find out if you are eligible for this deduction.

Insurance plans differ greatly from one company to another and, within an insurance company, from one plan or product to another. Some plans have multiple products (options) from which you can choose; read carefully through the "fine print" to be sure you understand the various choices.


Which type is right for you?


Whether you are eligible for group insurance or choosing an individual plan, you should carefully compare costs and coverage. Be sure to compare:

  1. Premiums.
  2. Coverage/benefits. Access to doctors, hospitals, and other providers.
  3. Access to after hours and emergency care.
  4. Out-of-pocket costs (coinsurance, copays, and deductibles).
  5. Exclusions and limitations.

Even if you do not get to choose your health plan—for example, if your employer  offers only one plan-you still need to understand your coverage. What kinds of  services are covered by the plan? What steps do you need to take to get the are you and your family members need? When do you need prior approval to ensure coverage for care (for example, elective hospitalization for scheduled surgery)? How are benefits paid; do you have to submit a claim? 

Make sure you understand how your plan works. Don't wait until you need emergency care to ask questions. 

If you are choosing between indemnity and managed care plans, remember that they may differ in several important ways, including:

  • How you access services.
  • How you obtain specialty care.
  • How much and sometimes how you pay for care.

Despite these differences, indemnity and managed care plans share some features. For example, both types of plans cover a wide array of medical, surgical, and hospital services. Most plans offer some coverage for prescription drugs. Some plans also have at least partial coverage for dentists and other providers. 

The major difference between indemnity (non-network based coverage) and managed care plans (network-based coverage) concerns choice of doctors, hospitals, and other providers; out-of-pocket costs for covered services; and how bills are paid.

Be sure to check on the physicians and hospitals that are included in the plan.  


What is consumer-directed coverage? 

Consumer-directed health plans allow individuals and families to have greater control over their  health care, including when and how they access care, what types of care they  receive, and how much they spend on health care services. The major types of  consumer-directed coverage are:

  • Health savings accounts, usually coupled with high-deductible health plans.
  • Health reimbursement arrangements.
  • Flexible spending arrangements.
  • Archer Medical Savings Accounts.

Archer  Medical Savings Accounts


Archer  Medical Savings Accounts are individual accounts that may be set up by self-employed individuals and those who work for small businesses (less than 50 employees). To set up an Archer medical savings account, you must be covered by a high-deductible health plan. Either the employee or the employer may  contribute to an Archer account, but both cannot contribute to the account in  the same year. Individuals control the use of funds in Archer medical savings  accounts and can withdraw funds for qualified medical expenses. You can roll  over funds from year to year, and balances in Archer medical savings accounts  are portable. This means you can take them with you when you change jobs or  retire.



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