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Health Insurance options if you’re unemployed The help you need to find the insurance plan you want

Getting low-cost health coverage if you’re between jobs doesn’t have to be difficult. Let’s find the plan for you.

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Health care coverage if you’re unemployed We’ll help you find the plan that fits your needs and budget.

We’re one of America’s leading health insurance services—helping thousands of people who’ve lost employer health coverage find a quality, affordable plan. Unsure of your options? Feeling a little overwhelmed? Here’s what you can do right now.

 

  • Look to us to help you find, select, and quickly enroll in a health plan that protects you and your family during this challenging time
  • Call our licensed agents any time to ask questions and get guidance on getting the right plan for your needs and
    budget
  • Let us do the work as we quickly compare available policies, benefits, and costs from respected health insurance carriers in your area
  • Keep it simple—we’ll guide you through a user-friendly experience that makes it easy to help you get the coverage you need in just a few steps

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Low-cost, short-term health plans let you bridge the “insurance gap” between jobs

Short-term health insurance is flexible, temporary, affordable coverage—especially popular with people who need a bridge between longer-term health plans. They also cover basic medical needs that might cost you thousands of dollars if you remain uninsured. That’s why we carefully sort through providers and premiums to find you the right coverage at the right price.

Added benefit: You can enroll in a short-term plan at any time.

 

ACA-compliant plans provide comprehensive, longer-term coverage based on your budget

Even if you’re unemployed, you have a choice of affordable health plans that offer “essential” benefits required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Does your family need a wider range of benefits? Planning to work independently? Your income level and where you live could make ACA-compliant health coverage your best option—and we’ll help find the plan you need.

The time is right: 2021 open enrollment for ACA plans is on right now.

 

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Questions? We can discuss any coverage you may need. Call 877-514-2404.

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Employer-based COBRA plans

COBRA allows you to pay your out-of-pocket premiums to temporarily continue the insurance coverage you had through your employer.

Government Medicaid plans

Medicaid plans are need-based health insurance programs available to individuals in certain income brackets.

Parent-sponsored coverage

If you are under 26 years old, you may be able to re-enroll or remain covered by your parents’ health insurance plan.

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FAQs: Health insurance if you’re unemployed

Looking for some perspective on what to do next? Here’s a good place to start.

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  • If you become unemployed, you can keep your employer-based plan or enroll in a new one.

    It is very important to avoid a “gap” in which you are not insured. Your options if you lose your job include:

    • Continuing your previous insurance for up to 18 months through an employer-based COBRA plan by paying all the premiums yourself
    • Enrolling in Medicaid if you meet certain income requirements and other conditions, or Medicare if you are age 65 or older
    • Signing up for short-term health insurance which generally offers lower premiums than ACA-compliant plans and less coverage
    • Purchasing an Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant health plan, which provides essential benefits but limits the period you may enroll
  • Generally, you can keep your plan without interruption or get new coverage immediately.

    If you decide to continue on your company’s COBRA plan, your coverage will be uninterrupted. Short-term plans also allow you to enroll at any time. In other cases, because losing a job is a “life qualifying event,” you can enroll outside of the usual open enrollment periods.

  • No, a change in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 removed that mandate in 2019.

    However, some states—such as California—have passed their own regulations pertaining to health insurance coverage. Either way, going without health insurance can leave you open to enormous costs if you are injured or get sick. Even an emergency room visit can cost thousands of dollars and can leave you and your family with crippling medical debts.

  • COBRA can be a costly option after you leave your job, depending on the plan you had.

    Though COBRA lets you continue your employer-sponsored health insurance uninterrupted, your employer no longer has to pay a certain percentage of the insurance, so you’re responsible for the entire cost yourself.

  • Obviously losing a job means losing an income, so Medicaid may be a good option. But a low or loss of income alone does not qualify you to receive Medicaid. You must also be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen. A Medicaid representative in your area can help you determine whether you are eligible.

  • If you need your short-term insurance coverage to continue longer than anticipated, contact your insurance representative. Short-term insurance plans can often be extended, but it will depend on your specific plan and provider.

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Finding the health coverage you need now is easier than you think

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Need-to-know articles to help you stay informed

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Look to these online resources for more information on related topics

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Find the affordable health insurance you need right now. Call 877-514-2404 or visit us online today.

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Footnote

Assurance IQ, a wholly owned subsidiary of Prudential Financial, Inc., matches buyers with products such as life and health insurance and auto insurance, enabling them to make purchases online or through an agent. Neither Prudential Financial, Inc. nor Assurance IQ offers, underwrites, or administers health plans or health insurance policies.

Assurance IQ is a licensed representative of Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PPFS organizations and prescription drug plans with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any plan depends on contract renewal. For a complete list of available plans please contact 1-800-MEDICARE (TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048), 24 hours a day/7 days a week or consult www.medicare.govopens in a new window.“

The purpose of this site is the solicitation of insurance. Medicare supplement insurance is available to those age 65 and older enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B and in some states to those under age 65 eligible for Medicare due to disability or End Stage Renal disease. Neither Assurance IQ nor Medicare supplement insurance plans are connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program.

 

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