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What's a good health insurance option for a recent grad?

Topic: Expenses Beyond Tuition | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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Currently I am on Aetna through my work. They are a well known and versatile health insurance company. I suggested this to my cousin that recently graduated in 2008. She has been in the emergency room several times and had no problems with the insurance company. The site is http://www.aetna.com/members/individuals/index.html?gclid=CNDJrpir0KICFRX_iAodNk0Yvg One advice when applying for any insurance read EVERYTHING on its policy. Questions you should ask yourself: What hospitals/clinics accept the insurance? How much will the co-pay cost? The biggest disadvantage of all policy holders is the negligence of not reading the policy.

Answered by: D Williams1978 F. | about 4 years ago
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There are a ton of great options out there. I would suggest using the internet to do research. Make sure to compare between different companies. If you like a rate but not the company talk to them and tell them to lower their price. Haggling can work in these situations.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | about 4 years ago
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I ran into this same question a few years ago when I finished up my degree. It took several months to land a serious job and I had to come off my parents' insurance policy. What we did was consult with a Blue Cross Blue Shield representative. For around $100-125 a month, I was able to get a pretty decent hospitalization policy. Of course this would only cover major things and hospital admissions but it was an affordable option. It may be more expensive now, but shop around to find the best deal. A great website that I've used is www.ehealthinsurance.com to compare rates and companies. Just remember that this should be used only to hold you over until you land a stable job with good health benefits.

Answered by: Dan5050 B. | over 4 years ago
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For a recent college graduate, health insurance options can depend on many things, such as your marital status and whether or not you have children. But for a single college graduate without children, an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization), such as Blue Cross, would be a great choice. An HMO is a cheaper option, with coverage that is applicable to your lifestyle, unless you have a history of major health problems. The easiest way to obtain an HMO is through an employer. Many states also have subsidized health care options at a very low cost. However, state-subsidized health options are usually very basic health care options, and not as encompassing as an HMO.

Answered by: Chemistry X. | over 4 years ago
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There are a few options for health insurance. If you are employed full time then you should be able to receive health benefits through your employer. Some states allow you to stay on your parent's health insurance plan until you're 25 or 26. You should check with your parents and see if this is an option. If you aren't employed full time then you can purchase your own health insurance. You can get packages at very reasonable prices but should something go wrong the amount you pay, your deductible, will be very high on these plans. For a lower deductible you will have to pay a higher monthly premium. One thing is for certain, everyone should purchase some kind of health insurance.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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Check out your local city programs for reduced cost health care. In my city, it's based off of your current income. If you do not have an income, you pay approximately $30 for a doctor's visit. It's not insurance, but you can see a doctor, a dentist, and get prescriptions if you need to without breaking the bank. The only downside is that you will not see the same doctor each time you schedule a visit. So, if you have any chronic conditions, it will be hard to have doctors keep track of your issues since you see someone different each time. But, it's better than having nothing.

Answered by: Upallnight I. | over 4 years ago
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Health insurance is often overlooked by young graduates. There is often a feeling that nothing bad can ever happen to them. The fact is that medical expenses are a major cause of bankruptcy. If your under 26 years of age, the first thing to investigate is staying on your parents insurance. The new health care laws make it mandatory after Jan 1, 2011 for insurance companies to offer this benefit. Some are offering it now to avoid a gap in coverage. Otherwise if you have an employer that offers insurance, you should accept it. If neither of these are an option then you can investigate a private plan. There are many types offering comprehensive care down to catastrophic care. In case the other options are not available and you are unable to buy private insurance you may sign up for your state insurance pool. Each state has one though the cost and coverage vary by state.

Answered by: J Rae P. | over 4 years ago
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There are plenty of options for you. You can go with COBRA which is a program offered through the government. If you are under 26 you can still go on your parents insurance with some insurance companies. The best option is to find a job right away, if at all possible. But until then COBRA is probably your best bet.

Answered by: Paulie J313 G. | over 4 years ago
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Health insurance varies from company to company. It would be best to contact different carriers. This way you can see what each one offers. You can even get prices lower by haggling. It will work with this. Also, use the internet for free quotes. Good Luck.

Answered by: Average Joe V. | over 4 years ago
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If you can not get health insurance from your employer, I would suggest looking into TruBlue by Blue Cross Blue Shield. It is an insurance plan designed for you married couples and college students. bluecrossblueshield.com Look at the different plans and find TruBlue to see if it is something that would interest you.

Answered by: Nb07 Y. | over 4 years ago
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You can get insurance from the school for 6 months or so. You also may be able to continue on your parent's plan for a bit. Find a job and get on their insurance asap.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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I used to use neighborhood insurance before my employer provided me with insurance. Try to go to a local hospital, there are almost always places to sign up for relatively cheap health insurance. The best thing ti do is find an employed that provides good health insurance, try to get health dental and eye.

Answered by: Jon H. | over 4 years ago
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You can normally continue your school's / parents health care for six months or so after graduation. Your best option is to get a job that offers health care asap. Consider jobs that are below your station if necessary.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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Lawmakers actually might approve of a plan in which you can go under your insurance plan after graduation. Otherwise, if you are unemployed, you are looking at private plans. Unfortunately a lot of recent grads do not have their own health insurance until they get a job.

Answered by: Choco Mint Y. | over 4 years ago
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I would take a look at TruBlue by Blue Cross Blue Shield. Its made for young college grads/young married couples. Its designed to help them have a decent health insurance plan but also not be to expensive.

Answered by: Broeckelman N. | over 4 years ago
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Call some health insurers and pit them against eachother. Many grads can still receive their parents coverage for at least six months. You should also look for a job w/ insurance asap.

Answered by: Zolty F. | over 4 years ago
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If you haven't already let the coverage you had as a student lapse, you may be able to use COBRA to extend it on a month-to-month basis, although it will be more expensive. In order to apply for COBRA, you should contact your plan administrator for the paperwork. The new health insurance bill will also allow you to return to your parents' health insurance plan until you are 26 years old. However, the best bet is always to get a job that provides health insurance.

Answered by: Kitty W. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a job, consider getting insurance through them. Most of the time it is cheaper. If you have to purchase your own, just make sure to pick a plan that suits your needs at the time. You'll have so many options so be sure to look into them all. A lot of students end up going to grad school so that they can stay on their parent's insurance for a few more years.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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Recent grads in good health might consider a high-deductible plan. This provides basic coverage for really major claims. The premiums for this type of policy are usually lower than a comprehensive policy with a low deductible. Since this is a temporary policy, you might consider foregoing the dental/vision/drug coverage of a more expensive policy. Of course, it depends on your individual situation. Another option is to find a part-time job with a company that offers coverage.

Answered by: Jane Sparks U. | over 4 years ago
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Depends on how much you are able to spend on it. If you can't get insurance through your employer, make sure to shop around. Go online to compare companies. After you've narrowed it down to a handful of candidates, try and find online reviews of those companies. Try and go to consumer sites like consumerist.com to read reports about how they treat their customers. Last, call the companies and talk to some representatives, then go with the one you think fits your needs best.

Answered by: Syam V. | over 4 years ago
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Check with your current provider and see if you can add the grad for a certain time with an additional premium. Also, major companies - we used Blue Cross/Blue Shield - will issue a high deductible policy. These are usually fairly reasonable but provide decent coverage for major medical issues. Look for a pretty plain vanilla (no dental/vision unless there are specific needs for your child). Most young people are blessed with good health and a major medical policy should provide enough assurance until they are employed and under an employers plan.

Answered by: Jane Sparks U. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a job, try and get insurance through them. It will be cheaper that way. Always choose the best coverage for you. If you are a fairly healthy person, you aren't going to need massive coverage. If you don't have health insurance through your job, search around for insurance companies that offer health insurance to people purchasing it themselves. But again, use the same guidelines. And try to choose a plan with a lower premium or higher deductible.

Answered by: Noodlesmom Y. | over 4 years ago
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The best option and the cheapest will be to opt for a high deductible so that your monthly payment will be lower. If you anticipate needing to use your insurance a lot then you will want to have a low deductible, but know that your monthly payment will probably be several hundred dollars. Health care costs also depend on your current health and where in the country you live.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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Personalized care and attention through a relationship manager who will help you at the time of hospitalization and attend to your claim settlements.Regular health check-ups on renewals

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | over 4 years ago
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You may qualify to remain on your parents' health plan. You can also apply for short term medical coverage through your insurer, often the same one who offers auto insurance. This type of gap coverage is best for catastrophic (emergency) coverage, but it is better than nothing. You may also seek part time employment somewhere that offers health care for part timers, like Starbucks, while you hunt for a permanent job.

Answered by: Tbw R. | over 4 years ago
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If your employer is not offering health insurance there are still plenty of options. Depending on how much money you want to spend (probably as little as possible) you can get a high deductible. (This is the amount you pay if something goes wrong. If you have a $1000 and you break your foot and the treatment costs $5000, then you only pay the first $1000.) The higher the deductible the lower the monthly cost. Check out comparison sites like ehealthinsurance.com

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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It would depend on your marital status, health conditions and employment. If you are employed and getting coverage from the employer, go for bare minimum alternate personal cover or catastrophic coverage for critical diseases. A good health insurance option is the one with low premium, right coverage based on your personal health status and reputed in the market. But in any case, don___t forget to bargain, you would have plenty of room because of your age.

Answered by: Sandra P. | over 4 years ago
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If you find a job that offers health insurance and you're single, take it. It may not be perfect, but it beats anything you can find on your own. When you sign up through your employer, you'll probably be confronted with many options. Take a good, long look at them and ask for help from a human resources representative if need be, but make sure you choose the plan that's right for you. Chances are--if you're young and healthy-- you'll want a plan with a low premium and higher deductible. Look for a plan that minimizes your out-of-pocket expenses. When it comes to choosing between and indemnity plan or a managed care plan, you may or may not have a choice depending on your employer. If you can't get insurance through an employer, research other options, but remember to look for the same things.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a job, try and get insurance through them. It will be cheaper that way. Always choose the best coverage for you. If you are a fairly healthy person, you aren't going to need massive coverage. If you don't have health insurance through your job, search around for insurance companies that offer health insurance to people purchasing it themselves. But again, use the same guidelines. And try to choose a plan with a lower premium or higher deductible.

Answered by: Noodlesmom Y. | over 4 years ago
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The best option and the cheapest will be to opt for a high deductible so that your monthly payment will be lower. If you anticipate needing to use your insurance a lot then you will want to have a low deductible, but know that your monthly payment will probably be several hundred dollars. Health care costs also depend on your current health and where in the country you live.

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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Personalized care and attention through a relationship manager who will help you at the time of hospitalization and attend to your claim settlements.Regular health check-ups on renewals

Answered by: Qwezxc A. | over 4 years ago
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You may qualify to remain on your parents' health plan. You can also apply for short term medical coverage through your insurer, often the same one who offers auto insurance. This type of gap coverage is best for catastrophic (emergency) coverage, but it is better than nothing. You may also seek part time employment somewhere that offers health care for part timers, like Starbucks, while you hunt for a permanent job.

Answered by: Tbw R. | over 4 years ago
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If your employer is not offering health insurance there are still plenty of options. Depending on how much money you want to spend (probably as little as possible) you can get a high deductible. (This is the amount you pay if something goes wrong. If you have a $1000 and you break your foot and the treatment costs $5000, then you only pay the first $1000.) The higher the deductible the lower the monthly cost. Check out comparison sites like ehealthinsurance.com

Answered by: Jessica Al22 D. | over 4 years ago
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It would depend on your marital status, health conditions and employment. If you are employed and getting coverage from the employer, go for bare minimum alternate personal cover or catastrophic coverage for critical diseases. A good health insurance option is the one with low premium, right coverage based on your personal health status and reputed in the market. But in any case, don___t forget to bargain, you would have plenty of room because of your age.

Answered by: Sandra P. | over 4 years ago
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If you find a job that offers health insurance and you're single, take it. It may not be perfect, but it beats anything you can find on your own. When you sign up through your employer, you'll probably be confronted with many options. Take a good, long look at them and ask for help from a human resources representative if need be, but make sure you choose the plan that's right for you. Chances are--if you're young and healthy-- you'll want a plan with a low premium and higher deductible. Look for a plan that minimizes your out-of-pocket expenses. When it comes to choosing between and indemnity plan or a managed care plan, you may or may not have a choice depending on your employer. If you can't get insurance through an employer, research other options, but remember to look for the same things.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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The best option is to get a job and see if your company has a health insurance plan you can join into. You may also want to contact your school to see if there is an insurance plan for alumni. If that is not possible, check with your parents to see if you can become a beneficiary under their plan. One last option is simply to speak to a health insurance representative and see what plans are available to buy into.

Answered by: Dormguy Y. | over 4 years ago
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If you can get back on your parents coverage, that is a good plan. You can also usually get private insurance, but that can be very expensive. Typically, if you find a job, they will offer some sort of coverage.

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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There is no one good option. Many students and recent grads have lower paying jobs to start out with and get state aid. Also, many employers offer health insurance through the place of employment. Since health insurance costs vary so much because of health history so do some research and meet with several providers to find the best fit for your individual needs.

Answered by: Zombie Kitten K. | over 4 years ago
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