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Missionary Medical Insurance

Missionary Medical Insurance

The Global Navigator is Worldwide health insurance and services for career missionaries and volunteers.  The Global Navigator health plan meets the needs of missionaries and volunteers by offering comprehensive worldwide benefits – inside and outside the U.S. – without the typical limits, eligibility conditions and benefit exclusions common among traditional plans.  Unlike plans that limit furlough coverage, Global Navigator covers stateside tours of any length, delivering the continuity and convenience of benefits that are truly seamless, portable and renewable.  Global Navigator is the premier health plan for missionaries and volunteers because it combines these benefits with concierge-level medical assistance and easy access to an elite community of carefully selected hospitals outside the U.S. and a network of over 700,000 doctors and hospitals inside the U.S.  Global Navigator gives missionaries and volunteers peace of mind, knowing they always have the freedom to access top medical care and benefits no matter where their ministries take them.

The brochure and paper application Global Navigator Missionary Medical Insurance (Brochure and Application)

 

Short-Term Health Insurance Can Cover Workers During Job Transitions

Short-Term Health Insurance Can Cover Workers During Job Transitions

Most employees that leave a job also leave their employer-sponsored medical coverage behind. This can be a chancy move, especially if you don’t have other insurance options readily available to you.

If you’ve already left your job, then you’ve most likely already found out that obtaining affordable health insurance isn’t the easiest task when you’re between jobs. COBRA is an option that gives you the right to keep your insurance from your previous employment, but the monthly premiums are usually extremely expensive and something that many simply can’t afford while unemployed.

Temporary insurance, which is a short-term form of health insurance, can be an affordable alternative to the high premiums associated with COBRA. It’s designed to provide a bridge between the gap of finding your next job and leaving your former employer-sponsored plan. Having such a policy can remove the chance of not being protected against unforeseen injury or sickness while you’re between jobs, but pre-existing conditions are usually excluded.

The premiums for short-term coverage policies are relatively much cheaper than those for COBRA, but the cost can still seem expensive for someone without a job. While finances may tempt you to put off insurance until you find another job, you should remember that financial security is the primary reason that individuals purchase short-term health insurance in the first place.

It only takes one unexpected hospital trip or admission to put someone without medical coverage hundreds to thousands of dollars in debt. For example, consider the financial repercussions if you suddenly develop appendicitis and need an emergency appendectomy when you don’t have medical insurance and the average cost of an appendectomy is between $11,000 and $18,000 dollars. Countless financial studies have cited medical bills as one of the leading causes of bankruptcy in America. Having short-term health coverage to carry you until your next job can help avoid the catastrophe of being responsible for the total cost of medical bills from being uninsured.

Aside from the value of financial protection, short-term insurance also helps to avoid having future health insurance claims rejected under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPAA) laws. In other words, individuals that don’t have a break from credible insurance coverage exceeding 63 days are considered to have maintained a continuous coverage, which means that they won’t be subject to exclusions for pre-existing conditions. And, many approved short-term policies are included in the realm of credible coverage, even if they have exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

Depending on specific state requirements, short-term policies may run for a term of anywhere from 30-days to one year. As far as payment goes, most short-term health insurance plans offer two different options – paying through a monthly installment plan or in a single up-front payment that will cover a specific number of days. Generally, single payment plans are slightly cheaper than monthly payment plans.

Of course, temporary insurance is designed to be just that…a temporary solution to ease your health and financial concerns. It’s not designed to last longer than a year and should never be considered a long-term insurance solution. Once you’ve found another job, you should look into your new employer’s insurance offerings and determine when your new coverage would start if it’s elected.

Short-Term Health Insurance

How Healthcare Reform Will Affect Medicare

How Healthcare Reform Will Affect Medicare

On March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as healthcare reform, was signed into law. Medicare beneficiaries have had many questions about how their benefits will be affected by the new legislation. For most people on Medicare, the changes will be transparent, and their benefits will continue to be delivered as they always have. The cost of the improvements in healthcare will be largely covered by reductions in fraud and waste in the system and by the elimination of the Medicare Advantage subsidies that have been in place up to this point. Below are some specific changes that Medicare beneficiaries can expect to see with the new law.

Medicare Part D

Currently, Medicare prescription drug plans have a coverage limit of $2,850. When drug costs reach that limit, consumers enter the "donut hole" and are obligated to pay 100% of the cost of their prescription medications. Customers stay in the donut hole until they have paid $3,610 in out-of-pocket costs, at which point they qualify for catastrophic coverage. Under the new law, the donut hole will gradually be eliminated between now and 2020. Starting in 2010, anyone entering the donut hole will receive a $250 rebate. In 2011, there will be a 50% discount on name-brand drugs while in the donut hole and a 7% discount on generics. The discounts will increase annually until the donut hole is gone.

Medicare Part B

Under Medicare right now, seniors pay a $155 annual deductible for Medicare Part B, which is the medical insurance part of Medicare. Beneficiaries also pay 20% of the cost for preventive care, including any tests or screenings, and annual physical exams not covered. In 2011, the 20% co-pay for preventative screenings for things such as cancer and diabetes will be eliminated. Also starting in 2011, an annual physical will be covered at no cost to the patient.

Medicare Advantage

Medicare Advantage plans were put into place in an attempt to privatize Medicare and have Medicare benefits provided by private insurers rather than the government. Medicare has been paying insurers a 10% subsidy which will be eliminated in 2012. Since this will result in greater costs for the insurance companies, it is likely that some plans will disappear, some will have higher premiums and others will have reduced benefits. Plans that are determined to be high quality by Medicare will receive bonus payments, however, that will offset the loss of the subsidy.

There are other changes to Medicare resulting from the new healthcare legislation, but these are the ones that seniors are most likely to be affected by. It is important for anyone aging into Medicare to read up on the benefits they are entitled to and to know what to expect. Detailed information on all aspects of Medicare can be found online at Medicare.gov.

Patriot Group Exchange Program

Patriot Group Exchange Program
Group Cultural Exchange Medical Insurance

Patriot Group Exchange is designed for a group of students studying abroad or participants of a group cultural exchange program.  Three plan options are available.  The Basic Short-Term Travel Plan is an economical plan while the Standard Short-Term Travel Plan is designed to meet the U.S. visa travel insurance requirements.  The Long-Term Annual Plan has the flexibility to be tailored to meet specific needs of each program and can be renewed annually.  Plans are available in monthly increments and if a minimum of three months is purchased, coverage may be renewed (without break in coverage) for a total of two years.