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Saulbadguy
10-19-2006, 02:41 PM
Howdy.

I got a new job, my last week of my current job is next week. My new jobs insurance won't kick until 1/1/07, so I have to find something to cover me until then (for my wife and I).

Any recommendations? I see alot of websites offering short term temporary insurance, but alot of them look kind of seedy. Has anyone here actually had experience in dealing with any of these companies? I'm looking for a castrophe-only plan...I don't want to be un-insured if I develop appendicitis.

Cave Johnson
10-19-2006, 02:48 PM
I'm on Assurant right now (underwritten by Time). Doesn't seem too bad so far, but then again, I haven't developed cancer or any serious illnesses. A- rated, recommended from an insurance agent I know.

Try eHealthInsurance.com to compare their and other policies. I'd say as long as their financial rating is good and googling their name doesn't turn up any "Rainmaker" testimonials, you're golden.

Phobia
10-19-2006, 02:52 PM
I think your employer offers Cobra. Check into that.

MichaelH
10-19-2006, 02:58 PM
Cobra can be damn expensive. When I switched jobs, my former employer would keep me on their insurance under Cobra for $1200 a month. We switched to my wife's until mine kicked in 3 months later.

ChiTown
10-19-2006, 03:02 PM
Cobra can be damn expensive. When I switched jobs, my former employer would keep me on their insurance under Cobra for $1200 a month. We switched to my wife's until mine kicked in 3 months later.

Is COBRA that much now? Wow!

I'm self employed, so I'm self-insured. My medical insurance to cover me and the family is about $450/mos, with a huge assed deductible ($4K/yr). So, in real money, my medical expenses are about $950/mos.

fn sucks.

Phobia
10-19-2006, 03:06 PM
Cobra is expensive, but it won't be much for one guy.

Hoover
10-19-2006, 03:06 PM
Is COBRA that much now? Wow!

I'm self employed, so I'm self-insured. My medical insurance to cover me and the family is about $450/mos, with a huge assed deductible ($4K/yr). So, in real money, my medical expenses are about $950/mos.

fn sucks.

I'm in the same boat, it sucks ass.

bkkcoh
10-19-2006, 03:16 PM
Cobra is expensive, but it won't be much for one guy.


But you can't have a lapse in coverage. I would check with your insurance agent to see what might be available to cover you until the new benefits kick in.

alpha_omega
10-19-2006, 03:19 PM
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq_consumer_cobra.html

Halfcan
10-19-2006, 03:27 PM
I don't have any insurance-If I get hurt I will just go to the ER and say No Habla English-they will treat you for free-lol

ptlyon
10-19-2006, 03:28 PM
Queue the duck!

Fat Elvis
10-19-2006, 03:39 PM
COBRA is the way to go if you have any pre-existing conditions whatsoever.

Saulbadguy
10-19-2006, 04:58 PM
COBRA is the way to go if you have any pre-existing conditions whatsoever.
COBRA is $347 a month. Pretty expensive.

stumppy
10-19-2006, 05:46 PM
It's been awhile since I was in the business but 20 yrs ago a good temporary major medical policy was pretty reasonable.
Of course they will not cover ANY preexisting health conditions.

ChiefsfaninPA
10-19-2006, 05:52 PM
COBRA is $347 a month. Pretty expensive.


This is not expensive at all. Compared to your current policy, maybe. But by no means is this expensive, especially if it offers the same coverage.

dtebbe
10-19-2006, 06:26 PM
I think you will find that Fortis aka Assurant Health will have the best deal. State Farm agents sell it. We have our health insurance with them and they are fine. They actually have a policy just for your situation too.

I agree that $350 for cobra is a deal. When I left Turner I was paying that much JUST to cover my wife under COBRA while she went thru some additional underwriting.

My family policy (self insured) runs me about $350/month and we have a $3500 family deductable. After that everything is covered 100%

DT

Saulbadguy
10-19-2006, 08:10 PM
This is not expensive at all. Compared to your current policy, maybe. But by no means is this expensive, especially if it offers the same coverage.
Yeah, but will I need the coverage? Doubtful.

Uncle_Ted
10-19-2006, 09:25 PM
IMO $350/month for comprehensive coverage isn't a bad deal, and it's a great deal if you currently have or have ever had any major health problems.