Pros and Cons of Supplemental Health Insurance



Supplemental insurance benefits, like cancer insurance or
heart/stroke insurance are paid directly to the insured, unless
otherwise required by Medicare supplemental insurance. Hospital and
major medical insurance benefits are paid directly to the provider,
which you would only have to pay small co-pay, if anything. But if
an emergency were to happen or you had a specific disease or
condition that was going to cost you out of pocket expenses,
investing in a supplemental plan is a good idea. As a policyholder,
you can use those benefits to help with your out-of-pocket expenses
or loss of income. Supplemental insurance products such as cancer
and accidental injury insurance are not a replacement for major
medical insurance. These types of policies help to cover expenses
that are not covered by major medical insurance and reduce the
money paid out by the insured. These policies can also paid for
lost income in the case of missing work.

Supplemental medical insurance only provides coverage after your
regular medical insurance has been exhausted. Supplemental medical
insurance is used to pick up where basic medical insurance leaves
off. You will have to hold a regular health plan to be able to use
the supplemental insurance. When this coverage is exhausted, your
supplemental medical coverage would begin paying. Supplemental
medical coverage is written in a separate policy, and does not
include coverage for basic doctor visits. Supplemental insurances
are definitely lifesavers for many people. The only downside is
that they can be expensive and useless if you never need them. You
have to pay for your regular medical coverage and now add an extra
policy or two and that can get pretty high. If you try to purchase
a policy after you have become ill or injured it won’t cover a
pre-existing condition, so you will pay out and not receive and
benefits for the condition you already have. The idea is that you
have to buy into a supplemental plan prior to the incident so they
can collect off of you being healthy. Here are some plans for
supplementing your health insurance that can be used at any age.

Cancer Insurance provides benefits to help cover costs for cancer
treatment and other related expenses associated with the disease.
Most policies provide direct-to-policyholder cash benefits for
daily hospitalization and intensive care unit confinement, as well
as for surgery, anesthesia, chemotherapy, radiation, and
preventative care. This is a good plan to have if you have a family
history of cancer, it could save your life and your wallet.

Critical Condition/Critical Illness Insurance is a policy designed
to provide you with a lump sum benefit to help pay out-of-pocket
expenses if you suffer a heart attack, stroke, have heart surgery,
cancer (except skin cancer) or several other conditions. It covers
illnesses and diseases that cause you to hospitalized for critical
condition and picks up where you regular benefits left off.

Disability Income Protection supplements lost income by paying a
monthly benefit to you if you become partially or totally disabled
due to a covered illness. This also provides a daily benefit for
in-patient hospitalization for a covered illness. This policy has a
reduction in benefits after age 65.

Hospital Emergency Recovery & Outpatient Insurance (Supplemental
Medical) provides benefits for treatment due to a covered illness
including daily benefits for in-patient hospitalization, intensive
care and recovery care following hospital confinement due to a
covered illness. It also provides a benefit for outpatient surgery
and emergency room treatment for each covered illness.

Some of the plans geared toward the elderly and retiring persons
are actually very smart to have. They can help pay for things that
Medicare won’t or can’t. They also offer assistance if you ever
need to be cared for at home, move to an assisted living home, or
need to go to a nursing home. These types of expenses can leave
other family members in debt after you are gone. Funeral and burial
are usually also covered. This gives many folks the ability to
leave their families something other than bills. Also with
assistance for medication there is more money to enjoy while you
are still around. Some age related supplemental insurances are:

Long Term Care Insurance can help cover the high cost of a variety
of long-term care options such as: assisted living facilities,
medical home care, custodial home care, adult day care, and if
necessary, nursing home care, up to specified policy limits.
Includes bed reservation benefit, respite and hospice care,
emergency response system, and caregiver training. For an
additional cost, you have the option of a valuable cost-of-living
adjustment option. Separate Nursing Home Care and Home Health Care
only policies also are available in most states. These will pay if
you or your spouse needs to go into a nursing care facility.

Medicare Supplement Insurance is for people 65 and over mostly.
These offer a wide range of standardized plans that supplement
expenses not covered by Medicare. This will help pay for doctors
visits and prescriptions that were only covered partially by
Medicare.

Find out more about Pros and Cons of Supplemental Health Insurance

DISCLAIMER: This information is for educational and informational
purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for
professional advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed Insurance
Agent or Broker with any questions you may have regarding any
Insurance Matter.

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