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Affordable Individual and Self-Employed Medical Insurance – Arizona

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Get online medical insurance quotes from top companies in Arizona, such as Aetna Health Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona, Celtic Health Insurance, Companion Life Insurance Company, Humana One Insurance and United Healthcare Golden Rule.

We make it easy for you to shop and compare the prices of individual medical insurance plans and health insurance for the self-employed, including High Deductible Health Plans paired with a Health Saving Account in Arizona. You are sure to find affordable medical insurance for you and your family.

Since the new healthcare law went into effect March 2010, individual major medical insurance plans and employer sponsored group health plans have undergone many positive changes that will benefit you. This includes mandated coverage for preventive care services and expanded eligibility for young adults less than age 26. For a summary of the new healthcare law and timeline, including the latest information regarding new consumer protections, visit our healthcare reform blog.

Other types of health insurance that you can shop and apply for online through this site for Arizona include:

Individual Dental Insurance

Are you one of 150 million estimated Americans who do not have dental insurance? If so, have you considered an individual dental insurance plan? Full coverage dental insurance helps maintain proper health and financial well-being. Choose from a variety of plans in Arizona. You can even continue to use your own dentist! Inexpensive dental insurance is perfect for students too. Get a quote and apply online today. It is fast and easy!

Short Term Medical Insurance

Are you between jobs? Want a more affordable alternative to COBRA continuation coverage? Need student medical insurance? If yes, then short term medical insurance may be right for you. These affordable temporary health insurance plans help individuals in Arizona fill a short term gap in coverage, usually 12 months or less. Short term medical insurance also help individuals maintain continuous health insurance coverage in order to preserve HIPAA eligibility status. This is important because HIPAA eligible individuals are guaranteed the right to purchase individual major medical insurance, regardless of their health status.

Guaranteed Health Insurance

If you are unable to qualify for individual major medical insurance in Arizona due to a pre existing health condition or cannot afford it, then a guaranteed health insurance plan or mini med is an alternative worth considering. Also referred to as health insurance for pre existing conditions, this type of individual medical insurance is often called the cheapest health insurance. There is generally no medical underwriting so acceptance is usually guaranteed. Since benefit payments made by the guaranteed medical insurance plan are fixed, the coverage is not considered major medical insurance. Additionally, health conditions that existed prior to the effective date of the medical insurance policy are not covered for typically 12 months. Having some form of medical insurance, however, enables individuals to gain access to the healthcare system in Arizona and typically receive a higher level of care than if they did not have health insurance. Think about it. What is one of the first questions a healthcare provider asks when making an appointment? “Do you have medical insurance?”

Medical Insurance Overseas

Are you traveling from Arizona to a destination outside the United States or taking a school trip to another country? Medical insurance overseas and international student medical insuranceis designed to provide additional protection should you or a family member require healthcare overseas. Since most individual medical insurance offers limited or no coverage outside the United States, make sure you are adequately protected before you leave Arizona. Medical insurance overseas and international student medical insurance provides additional benefits, such as emergency air evacuation and travel assistance if you lose your passport or experience flight delays or cancellations due to weather or other causes.

Critical Illness Insurance

Could your nest egg withstand the financial impact of a critical illness? Even though medical insurance covers the cost of medical services and supplies, surgery and hospitalization, there are still many uninsured expenses, such as deductibles, prescription drugs, home healthcare and private nursing, and lost income/ wages. Critical illness protection insurance will pay a lump sum of cash upon the first diagnosis of a critical illness. Critical illness protection works well with a high deductible medical insurance plan because the premium savings can be used to pay for critical illness insurance and the cash benefit can help cover the high deductible.

Prescription Drug Card

Do you not have medical insurance in Arizona that covers prescription medication? Are you paying for expensive drugs out of your pocket? If yes, then consider a prescription drug card. It can help make the cost of prescription medication more affordable for you and your family. Learn more about how a prescription drug card can help you today!

Free Health Discount Plan

As a thank you to our Arizona visitors, we offer a free health discount plan (not insurance). You will save 13% to 65% on prescriptions at 50,000 participating pharmacies nationally, including major chains. Also, save 25% to 40% over usual dental charges at 101,000 dental providers nationally, and 10% to 50% off eyewear, contact lenses and corrective surgery at 10,500 optical centers and major vision chains! No personal information required. This free drug discount card is even valid on many prescriptions for your pet! Get your free health discount plan now!

State Facts & Health Statistics Arizona U.S. Overall
Total Population 6,511,200 303,343,300
Life Expectancy (years) 78.2 78.0
Median Annual Income $47,106 $49,949
Healthcare Spending per Person $4,103 $5,283
Average Annual % Growth- Healthcare Spending 4.3% 5.5%
Uninsured Population 1,244,700 49,997,900
Average Daily Cost of Inpatient Hospital Stay $2,082 $1,782
Adult Smokers* 15.9% 18.3%
Adult Overweight/ Obesity Rate* 61.3% 60.8%
Child Overweight/ Obesity Rate* 30.6% 31.6%
Adults with Diabetes* 8.4% 8.3%
Alzheimer’s Deaths per 100,000 29.6 22.7
Invasive Cancer Rate per 100,000 NA 461.8
Heart Disease Deaths per 100,000 152.5 190.9

* % of population Kaiser Family Foundation Reports- state health facts 2005-2010

Medical Insurance Arizona

  • New law to promote affordable medical insurance- Will it work?

    Health insurance companies are now required to post explanations of premium increases of 10% or more and submit them for review to state and federal regulators. This mandate is required by the new healthcare law. By requiring health insurance companies to justify premium increases, there is greater price transparency and increased public pressure to keep rates lower in order to avoid bad press.

    The new law still has a loophole though. Even if government officials consider the premium increase unjustified, the law does not give state and federal regulators the power to block rate hikes unless the state previously had authority to regulate health insurance rates.

    Prior to this new rule, only the states below had existing regulations that required all health plans, HMOs, Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans and health insurance companies to submit rates for approval before using:

    • Arkansas
    • Colorado
    • Connecticut
    • Delaware
    • District of Columbia
    • Florida
    • Indiana
    • Iowa
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky
    • Maine
    • Maryland
    • Massachusetts
    • Minnesota
    • Nebraska
    • Nevada
    • New Hampshire
    • New Mexico
    • New York
    • North Carolina
    • North Dakota
    • Ohio
    • Oregon
    • Pennsylvania
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Vermont
    • Virginia
    • Washington
    • West Virginia

    Note:

    • Most of the above states “deem” health insurance rates approved in 30 to 90 days unless the state regulators formally object prior to that time.
    • Each state’s authority over health insurance rates can vary by type of medical insurance plan. Group Association health insurance plans, for example, that are not filed directly with the state because they are domiciled in another state may not have to file rates for approval.

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will rely on state insurance regulators to scrutinize medical insurance rates. However, HHS will handle oversight of health insurance rates in states where it has determined that state supervision is inadequate. These states include:

    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Louisiana
    • Missouri
    • Montana
    • Pennsylvania
    • Virginia
    • Wyoming

    HHS will be working with states to set individual state-by-state thresholds for health insurance premium rate hikes that will require public explanation from health insurance companies.

    Looking for affordable medical insurance? Our online health insurance quotes enable you to shop and perform side by side comparisons of medical plans offered by leading insurance companies in your state. Get started today!

  • Arizona's KidsCare medical insurance plan sees large enrollment decline

    Since its peak in May 2008 of 66,317 enrollees, Arizona”s medical insurance plan for children, called KidsCare, has seen the lowest level enrollment since 1999. Currently, only 16,662 children are enrolled in Arizona’s state-federal health insurance program. KidsCare is the state’s version of the federally sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Program and covers children whose family income is between one and two times the poverty level, currently $22,350 per year for a family of four. Below that level, a family qualifies for Medicaid, another state-federal health insurance program.

    Although demand for the medical insurance plan is high, more than 100,000 children were on the waiting list for KidsCare in July. When the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System froze enrollment in KidsCare earlier this year due to lack of funds, more than half of the decline in KidsCare has come since Jan. 1, 2010. State lawmakers have repeatedly cut funding for KidsCare in recent years, from more than $100 million in fiscal 2009 to $36 million this year, fiscal 2012. Because of the enrollment freeze, a state official said there are “sufficient appropriations to meet the needs of the current enrollees.”

    The legislature tried to eliminate KidsCare altogether in March 2010, but the new healthcare law, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), blocked the move because PPACA requires all states to maintain their child healthcare services.  The enrollment freeze, however, was already in place in Arizona, the only state that has such a limit.

    The freeze raised concerns at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about Arizona’s ability to retain children in the program. Since the freeze was enacted, nearly 30,000 children have dropped from the program.

    If you are searching for medical insurance options in Arizona, including KidsCare and individual medical insurance plans, visit healthinsuranceadvisory.org.  We can help you find and secure an affordable medical insurance plan in Arizona.

    As a thank you for visiting our site, be sure to download and print your free Rx card. It will save you money on prescription drugs, dental care and vision services and supplies at major retailers and locally owned stores.

  • Regulation of Medical Insurance Premiums- Arizona

     Arizona Medical Insurance– low cost medical & dental insurance quotes

    The oversight of individual, self-employed and small employer medical insurance happens at the state level.  Since every state has its own unique set of regulations aimed at maintaining low cost medical insurance, the laws governing health insurance contracts vary dramatically.  Some states have the authority to regulate premiums charged by health insurance companies, while others simply review rates but do not have the authority to reject premium increases.  The laws also differ based on the type of medical insurance policy offered in Arizona and how the health insurance company filed their contract with the state.  Some health insurance policies are filed directly with Arizona, while others are considered “out-of-state” trust or group association arrangements.  The former are generally subject to greater regulation thereby giving Arizona more control and authority over what benefits must be provided and the premiums that can be charged.

    In Arizona, rates for health insurance policies must generally be filed with the insurance commissioner but can be used immediately without formal “approval.”  This type of limited oversight often relies on consumer complaints to indicate a problem, so individuals are not always protected against large medical insurance premium increases.

    New medical insurance rate review requirements

    Since medical insurance premiums have doubled during the past 10 years, the new healthcare law provides for special rate review provisions to help consumers get “better value for their health care dollars.”  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act require the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to work in collaboration with state insurance commissioners to review “unreasonable increases in medical insurance premiums.”

    The new healthcare law also requires medical insurance companies and health plans that propose an “unreasonable” rate increase to provide justification for the increase to HHS, and post the justification on their websites.   Additionally, in order to promote price transparency, HHS asked the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to develop a standard rate filing disclosure form that all health plans must use when justifying unreasonable rate increases to HHS and Arizona.  The goal is to ensure that regulators and the public can access the data and justifications in a way that allows for “apples-to-apples” comparisons.  “Grandfathered” health insurance policies effective prior to March 2010 (before the new healthcare law was enacted) are exempt from this new rate review requirement.

    State grants to support review of medical insurance premiums and rate increases

    Lastly, PPACA provides a pool of $250 million in grant funding for state insurance departments to support an enhanced review of medical insurance rates and premium increases.  It should be noted that PPACA does not alter Arizona’s existing regulatory authority over health insurance rates and premium increases.

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