Have no idea what kind of insurance should you choose when you are out of work? No worries. Below are some major insurances you can count on: COBRA, the Health Insurance Marketplace and short-term health insurance.

  • COBRA

COBRA, short for The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act, is a health insurance program that gives workers and their dependents the opportunity to continue the health benefits provided by their employer for the time being when they become jobless or face a reduction in work hours. COBRA usually requires that applicants work for businesses with 20 or more employees. But chances are that the premiums will become higher than before since the part formerly covered by the employer has be to paid by the employees themselves now.

Pros

The current health plan can remain the same as it was

The coverage can last for at least 18 months

Cons

Higher premium

High standards should be met in order to become a qualified beneficiary

It is only accessible to state and local employees. Federal employees are excluded.

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Plans

Health Insurance Marketplace is a service operated by governments that provides health plan options and services. It was established by The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), which is also known as Obamacare.

Pros

Special enrollment period is available for people who lost their jobs

It can be used when COBRA coverage is over.

Cons

Chances are you will be paying for unnecessary services.

Contradiction between cheaper premium and bigger network.

  • Short-Term Health Insurance

Short-term health insurance is an insurance plan program available for people who are between jobs and have no health insurance plan.

Pros

Immediate coverage can be granted

Free cancelation is available

Cons

Some services are not included in the coverage

It is not available in some states such as California and New York

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