December 12, 2008, Newsletter Issue #158: Short-Term vs. Standard Health Insurance

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Acquiring short-term health insurance plan is not always the most convenient way of maintaining health insurance. Short-term health insurance, because of its temporary nature, is not automatically renewable like standard insurance. You will need to re-apply for coverage if you have not replaced your short-term health insurance by the time the policy is set to expire. Another key difference between standard and short term health insurance is that, while most standard insurance policies ultimately provide coverage for pre-existing conditions once a waiting period has been met, most temporary health insurance plans refuse to pay any benefits for pre-existing conditions whatsoever. Though plans vary, most temporary health insurance plans will cover things such as emergency treatment, prescription drugs, laboratory results, and x-rays, and some home and hospital care. However, most temporary health insurance plans generally do not cover expenses for preventative and routine health care, such as annual exams.

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