Each insurance brand may offer one or more of these four common types of plans:
Here are 6 things to consider before choosing a health insurance plan:
- The category you choose affects how much your premium costs each month and what portion of the bill you pay for things like hospital visits or prescription medications. It also affects your total out-of-pocket costs.
- Plans in all categories offer the same set of 10 essential health benefits and the categories do not reflect the quality of care the plans provide.
- When choosing your health insurance plan, keep this general rule of thumb in mind: the lower the premium, the higher the out-of-pocket costs when you need care; the higher the premium, the lower the out-of-pocket costs when you need care.
- Think about the health care needs of your household when considering which Marketplace insurance plan to buy. Are you likely to need a lot of care? Or a little?
- If you can’t afford health insurance, you may be able to get lower costs on your monthly premium. You may qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs for copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
- Other options like Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) may be available to you. The Marketplace also offers catastrophic plans to people under 30 years old and to some people with very low incomes.