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Short Term Health Insurance Coverage

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Just about everyone has a period of time during their life when they are not employed or do not have access to a group health insurance plan for any one of a variety of reasons. At the same time, everyone knows that health care coverage is vital, especially if it is an entire family that is not covered. Short term health insurance coverage is the best option for those persons.

While individual health insurance is generally more expensive than that provided in a group plan, and although individual insurance can be harder to get, if you look hard enough, you'll find a plan that will cover you until another option presents itself. Again, this type of insurance is ideal for people who are between jobs, married students, and students studying abroad. Specific plans are designed to address each of these scenarios.

Family Short Term Health Insurance Coverage

On the Internet, you will find dozens of websites that offer information and access to quotes from a number of insurance companies. Generally, you will have to provide information about your state of residence and detailed information about the person or persons who need the coverage. These websites usually deal with a number of insurance companies, so they will be working to find you the best coverage at the best price.

Make sure they know you're looking for short term coverage. Be careful to read all you can about the individual benefits in each plan you consider. You should definitely compare plans. Some may offer a slightly lower deductible, but carry a much higher out-of-pocket for each time you use the policy. Some will have exclusions for pre-existing conditions, and, in a short term policy, this may mean no coverage for the ongoing illness of a family member. The main thing most people want out of short term health coverage is the basics to protect their families, and there is nothing wrong with getting a policy that will help if you are faced with the high costs of an emergency room visit or surgery.

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