A word from our sponsors: Losing health insurance? HealthMarkets Insurance Agent Tim Hodgman can help

Note: The following is a paid announcement from HealthMarkets Insurance Agent Tim Hodgman. — DH

If you lose your job, and with it your job-based health insurance coverage, you have a number of options. You may buy an individual plan through the Marketplace or off the Marketplace through an independent insurance company. You may also have the option of keeping your health insurance for a limited time through a program called COBRA continuation coverage.

Option 1: Get an individual Marketplace plan. If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based coverage, you can choose to buy coverage from the Marketplace during a Special Enrollment Period. As a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, I can help you find out if you qualify for a subsidy to help lower costs. I can also help you navigate the Marketplace to find the right plan for you and enroll for coverage.

Option 2: Get an individual plan outside of the Marketplace. You also have the option during your Special Enrollment Period to purchase health insurance outside of the Marketplace. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency works with more than 140 national and regional insurance companies who offer thousands of policies across the country to help you find the coverage that best meets your needs and budget – on or off the Marketplace.

Option 3: Get COBRA coverage. You may also be able to keep your job-based plan through COBRA continuation coverage. COBRA is a federal law that may let you pay to keep you and your family on your employee health insurance for a limited time (usually 18 months) after your employment ends or you otherwise lose coverage. If you buy COBRA continuation coverage, you won’t be able to get any of the lower costs on premiums and
out-of-pocket costs that people may get using the Marketplace. You’d also have to pay the full monthly premium, including any part of the premium that your employer had contributed.

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