Individual & Family plans

Health Insurance

Health insurance comes in different packages, and we can work together to find out which is best for you. Whether you just want basic coverage, full coverage, or anything in between, there's something out there for everyone.

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Individual Health Insurance

Until recently, most people obtained their health insurance from their employer, and people with low income got their insurance from the government. But now, more and more people are buying private health insurance plans tailor-made for individuals.

Individual health insurance is actually more affordable than you think. We can help you compare rates from leading health insurance carriers to see for yourself.

First, here are a few basics about individual health insurance:

What Kinds of Private Health Plans Are Available To Me?

There are plenty of individual health plans to choose from. Here are the most common types:

    HMOs (Health Maintenance Organization)

    HMOs are one of the most affordable health plans available, and they offer comprehensive coverage. HMOs create networks of doctors, hospitals, clinics, specialists, and other care providers. Most HMO networks consist of thousands of healthcare professionals, ensuring you'll have convenient access to medical care when you need it.

    PPOs (Preferred Provider Organization)

    The PPO is an affordable health plan with an added benefit - you'll have coverage with any health care provider. That means you can see any doctor or specialist you want, and your plan will cover the care. The PPO is great for flexible, comprehensive, and affordable health care.

    HSA (Health Savings Account)

    There are 2 parts to HSA coverage: a high-deductible plan and a Health Savings Account. The high-deductible plan provides catastrophic coverage and features low monthly premiums. The HSA is a tax-free savings account where you save money to pay for routine medical expenses.

    FFS (Fee For Service)

    The FFS plan is the traditional form of health insurance. It works very simply - you get the care you need, then you're reimbursed for a percentage of the cost.

    Understanding The Terms Of Your Personal Health Insurance Plan


    Your premiums are payments you make to keep your plan in effect. Usually, premiums are paid each month. Premiums are set by your insurance company based on factors such as health status, age, where you live, and where you work.


    The deductible is the dollar amount you'll be responsible for before your plan begins coverage. Most health plans let you choose your own deductible, so how do you choose the amount that's best? It might seem like a lower deductible would be better, but a low deductible means you'll have to pay higher monthly premiums. It works the other way too - the higher your deductible, the lower your monthly bill. You'll have to decide if you want lower monthly premiums or lower medical bills for your health care.

    Copayments and coinsurance

    If you have an HMO, you might pay $15 at the doctor's office for a check-up. That's called your copayment. You pay a certain dollar amount of the bill and your plan covers the rest. HMOs offer copayments as low as $10, while PPOs often charge copayments of $40 or less. Coinsurance is similar to a copayment, except it's expressed as a percentage rather than a dollar amount. A coinsurance rate of 80/20 means you'll be responsible for 20% of a medical bill.

    Individual vs. Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

    The majority of people have employer-sponsored health insurance. But the number of people with individual coverage is growing. Today, more than 13 million people have an individual plan.

    Why choose an individual health plan over an employer's plan? Here are the key advantages of individual health insurance:

    Customized Coverage

    In group coverage, everyone ends up in a one-size-fits-all type of plan. But everyone has different health needs. With employer-sponsored coverage, you end up paying for coverage you don't need or may have to go without coverage for care you do need.

    Mobile Coverage

    With an employer's plan, leaving your job means leaving your health insurance. Individual plans protect your health wherever your career takes you.