Unlike the other plans on the list, short-term health plans are not major medical plans. These are low-cost and low-cost plans designed to protect you from catastrophic health disasters, perhaps while you are at work or because you are shopping outside of open check-in. Your deductible will likely be very high. The main professional here is that short term plans are the cheapest plans you can get. However, ACA rules do not apply to short-term health insurance, which is only available for sale if registration is not open.
Beware of the buyer: these plans are not required to provide benefits such as retirement benefits and there is a benefit limit; This is no longer allowed for larger medical plans. You may not even be able to qualify if you have pre-existing health conditions that other health plans may have with ACA.+In the end, we do not recommend short-term health insurance plans unless you are young, healthy and need coverage to protect yourself from the high cost of emergency care simply because you lost your open registration. Otherwise, due to the fine print and exclusions in these plans, they are a very weak substitute for great health insurance.
Basic health insurance benefits
One of the main requirements of the ACA is that all of the major health insurance plans that you can purchase as an individual (with the exception of the short-term health insurance described above) must cover a set of 10 essential health insurance benefits. These benefits apply whether you buy your plan from a federal or state health insurance company, an insurance broker, or directly from an insurance company. They are:
Ambulatory care: is the ambulatory care that you receive without being hospitalized. Includes standard doctor's office appointments and home visits.
Emergency care: this includes all the care you receive for a fatal or fatal illness. Ambulances and emergency care are common examples.
Hospital care - All care you receive as a patient in a hospital or qualified care facility is covered. This includes laboratory tests, surgery, medication and any other treatment you receive as a patient.
Laboratory services: Tests necessary for diagnosis, monitoring or excluding certain conditions are covered.
Maternal and newborn health: this includes all prenatal care for pregnant women, as well as labor, delivery, aftercare and newborn care.
Psychiatric care and addiction treatment - Whether hospitalized or outpatient, this includes all care necessary to diagnose, control or treat mental illness or addiction. Mostly Some plans limit the treatment to a certain number of days.
Pediatric benefits: this includes all child care, including annual checkups, vaccinations, dental care, and visual aids.
Prescriptions - Plans must cover at least one drug in each category and class of federal prescription drugs. Insurers still have lists of preferred drugs and may need, among other things, generic versus brand name drugs.
Preventive treatment: this includes physical examinations, preventive examinations, vaccinations, and other services for the prevention or detection of illnesses or other illnesses as well as for the treatment of chronic illnesses.
Rehabilitation and Empowerment Care - These services help you regain or regain limited or lost or limited abilities due to injury, illness or other illnesses. Examples can be physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Some plans limit treatment to a certain number of sessions per year.