If you are in between jobs and think you need health insurance coverage while you look for another one, getting temporary health insurance coverage may be the solution for you. The following is a summary of how it works, some of its benefits, and some considerations to be made when thinking of getting a temporary health insurance policy for your family.
How it works
Temporary health insurance is exactly that: temporary. Most policies offer coverage no less than one month and no longer than six months (though there are states that offer coverage for an entire year), after which your policy is terminated. The process of application is much the same as with an individual insurance policy. The applicant must go through the screening process and must be cleared in order to be given coverage. It is at the point that the applicant is cleared that details on premiums, deductibles and duration of coverage are discussed. Also, most temporary health insurance policy providers will not allow you to change how long your coverage will last.
Advantages of having temporary health insurance
The application for this kind of health insurance is usually the fastest way to get coverage because the time frame of your coverage is short. Some policy providers even offer next-day approval. This kind of coverage is also good for people who either expect to be employed soon and simply require coverage for the meantime, or for self-employed people looking to enter a company. In both cases, the policy does not require that you make a commitment to it for too long a period.
If you expect to be employed within the next few weeks, this kind of coverage may not be a good choice for you. Most companies offer group insurance coverage and the minimum coverage of temporary health insurance is at least one month. However, if you are still in the process of looking for work and expect to have a job in three months, this can be good to tide you over during that time. Alternatively, if you are self-employed and do not wish to enter into a company, perhaps a better choice would be an individual health insurance policy instead of a temporary one. At the very least, it will reduce the hassle of having to renegotiate with your policy provider every time your policy terminates.