Frequently Asked Questions About Insurance
Q: What is health insurance?
A: Health insurance is a type of insurance that covers the cost of medical and surgical expenses incurred by the insured person.
Q: What are the benefits of having health insurance?
A: Health insurance provides financial protection against unexpected medical expenses, helps you get timely and appropriate medical care, and gives you peace of mind.
Q: What types of health insurance plans are available?
A: There are various types of health insurance plans, such as HMO, PPO, EPO, and POS, which differ in terms of provider networks, cost-sharing, and flexibility.
Q: Can I choose my own doctor with health insurance?
A: It depends on the type of health insurance plan you have. Some plans have a restricted network of providers, while others allow you to choose any doctor who accepts the plan.
Q: What is a deductible?
A: A deductible is the amount of money you must pay out of pocket before your health insurance coverage kicks in.
Q: What is a co-pay?
A: A co-pay is a fixed amount of money you have to pay for a specific healthcare service, such as a doctor's visit or prescription drug, as determined by your health insurance plan.
Q: What is co-insurance?
A: Co-insurance is the percentage of the cost of a healthcare service that you have to pay after you have met your deductible.
Q: What is a pre-existing condition?
A: A pre-existing condition is a health condition or medical problem that existed before you enrolled in your health insurance plan.
Q: Can I get health insurance if I have a pre-existing condition?
A: Yes, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance companies cannot deny coverage or charge higher premiums specifically to individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Q: What is the open enrollment period for health insurance?
A: The open enrollment period is a designated time each year when you can enroll in or change your health insurance plan. The specific dates vary depending on your state and the type of plan you have.