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eHealth, Inc., the parent company of eHealthInsurance Services Inc., is committed to addressing t
he plight of more than 47 million Americans who are uninsured by providing those who visit
www.ehealthinsurance.com with knowledge of and access to health insurance that is affordable
and accessible. 1 Broad knowledge of affordable plans can lead to fewer uninsured Americans.
 
More than 8 out of 10 uninsured Americans are in working families in 1994.2
  • Of the 45 million uninsured Americans in 20043
    • 82% came from working families,4 and
    • 69% came from families with one or more full-time workers.5
    • 16 million, or nearly 22%, were families with annual incomes of $50,000 or more,6 and
    • 8% of families had annual incomes of $75,000 or more.7
According to an October 2005 survey of our members, more than 40 percent of eHealthInsurance
members had been without health insurance for at least six months before coming to
www.ehealthinsurance.com to purchase health insurance.

eHealth is pleased to help individuals, families and small business employers get health insurance
that is right for them.

1 U.S. Census Bureau, Aug. 2006


2 U.S. Census Bureau, Aug. 2005


3 U.S. Census Bureau, Aug. 2005


4 The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured,


"The Uninsured: A Primer", Jan. 2006


5 The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured,


"The Uninsured: A Primer", Jan. 2006


6 U.S. Census Bureau, Aug. 2005


7 U.S. Census Bureau, Aug. 2005


eHealth is Ready to Connect America to Health Coverage(video)

 


Skip Boykin


http://its-your-business.com/index.cfm?id=95
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Posted: Tue 4 January 2011 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]
Category: Health

Skip Boykin

http://www.its-your-business.com

 

In 2010, families with employer-based health insurance saw a 14% average increase in coverage costs compared to 20091.  Those who went through their employer’s open-enrollment period at the end of 2010 on ‘auto-pilot’ (without paying careful attention to their choices) may find that their current health plan is simply unaffordable when new rates take effect in January 2011.  Others who do have the right health plan for their needs may not know how to best take advantage of their coverage in order to save money over the course of the year. 

 
Five Health Insurance Tips for 2011:
  • Don’t get stuck with a lemon.  Lots of health insurance companies make changes to rates and benefits at the beginning of the new year.  By mid to late January, you may be getting your first taste of what these changes mean for you and your family.  If employer-based health insurance is no longer affordable, check with your Human Resources department and get to know your options in the non-group market.  Keep in mind, however, that until 2014 you may still be turned down for individual and family coverage due to a pre-existing medical condition. 
  • Check out new health reform-compliant plans. Health insurance companies are introducing new plans to comply with health reform rules that make some preventive care free and do away with lifetime coverage limits.  Some older plans may not have to meet these requirements.  If you want to take advantage of new health reform protections, work with a licensed online agent like eHealthInsurance to see what’s available in your state.
  • Be sure your old plan still fits.  Like old cars or houses, an old health plan can feel pretty comfortable, but that doesn’t mean it’s still a good match for you and your family.  If you were married or divorced, had children, or gained or lost income this past year, you may be able to save money on medical costs by starting the year with a plan better suited to your needs.
  • Don’t pay two deductibles.  Many health insurance plans come with calendar-year deductibles.  If you’re planning a move or other life changes in 2011 and know you’ll have to switch health insurance plans mid-year, it may be smarter to find a new plan early.  Since certain medical claims are only paid by the insurance company after the deductible is met, moving to a new health insurance plan in January or February may help you avoid paying deductibles twice in a single year.
  • Fund your HSA early.  If you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) and want to get the most out of it, fund it to the maximum amount early in the year.  That will allow you to use pre-tax dollars for copayments and deductibles while allowing unused money to collect interest for more of the year.  Also, remember that in 2011, HSA (and FSA) funds can no longer be used to pay for most over-the-counter medications.

NOTE: Keep in mind that when you switch plans or apply for a new individual or family health insurance plan, you may be subject to medical underwriting. If you have an individual or family plan and developed medical conditions recently, you may need to stay on that plan to keep your coverage secured.

 

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