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Missouri Health Insurance

Day after day, thousands of people in the U.S. suffer injury or long term illness. Many don't realize how vital health coverage is—until it's too late.

Lack of sufficient Missouri health insurance can leave you frustrated, with mounting medical bills and financial worries. But it doesn't have to be that way! InsureMe makes it easy to navigate health insurance policies and find the protection you need. All it takes is a little information and a few minutes of your time to get on the path to the secure future you deserve.

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The Low-Down on Health Insurance

Getting educated is the best way to make an informed decision when shopping for Missouri health insurance. It is important to stay up-to-date on changes in Missouri health insurance laws and regulations, and adjust your health insurance coverage accordingly.

Missouri health insurance plans are typically classified as either group or individual. Missourians most commonly obtain insurance through a group plan sponsored by their employers. Unfortunately, if you are self-employed, between jobs or not covered by an employer, you may find it very difficult to find affordable health insurance. In this case, you will need to examine individual plans sold by independent agents.

Here is a sample of what is available in the Missouri health insurance market:

Fee-for-Service Plans: Often called traditional or indemnity health insurance. You choose and visit a doctor, who then submits a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement for each service provided. (This often occurs at 80 percent of reasonable and customary charges.) You are responsible for the remaining charges, called "coinsurance."

If your doctor charges you more than what is "usual" or "customary" for your area, you must pay the remainder.

Managed-Care Plans: Include Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), and Point-of-Service plans (POS). These plans provide comprehensive health services and medical treatments to members. Your coverage is paid in advance, so you do not need to pay for each service individually. Out-of-pocket expenses are typically low and there are generally no deductibles or copayments; however, you must use health care providers within the provider's network.

Talk to a Missouri health insurance agent or company to determine what kind of coverage you need.

Navigating the Obstacle Course

Following these guidelines is essential when looking for the right Missouri health insurance plan:

  1. Carefully review insurance policies and contact the insurance company or agent if you have questions.
  2. If you have pre-existing conditions or other special needs, check with a doctor or support organization to see if they have health insurance recommendations.
  3. Look for "health plan report cards" assessing quality of care and consumer satisfaction.
  4. When buying a managed care plan, make sure the provider's directory includes suitable doctors, hospitals and other care providers convenient for you.
  5. Find out the frequency at which the insurance company increases its rates and how aging changes your rates.
  6. Call the insurer's call center phone number to see how long it takes them to respond.

Determining Your Insurability

Missouri insurance companies consider several factors when determining your insurability. Some of these include your age, health, habits and lifestyle, and occupation.

The older you are when you purchase your Missouri health insurance, the higher your premiums—and the harder to find an insurance company willing to insure you. Your risk of health-related issues increases as you get older, making you a higher claims risk to your insurance company. In addition, habits such as drinking or smoking can also result in difficulty finding quality health insurance, as they are associated with various health problems costing insurance companies millions of dollars in claims every year.

Know Your Rights!

When searching for Missouri health insurance, you have the right to:

  • Know what your health insurance plan does and does not cover
  • Obtain a copy of your health insurance benefits
  • Receive a written explanation when an insurance company denies your health insurance application or refuses to cover a health condition
  • Contact your insurer to complain or appeal any decisions with which you disagree
  • Emergency room coverage for life-threatening injuries
  • Mandated coverage for certain benefits
  • Prompt payment of claims

Get More Information

For additional information on Missouri health insurance, please consult our health insurance FAQ section.

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