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Understanding Health Insurance Toolkit

Understanding Health Insurance Toolkit

UPDATE. Today is the first day of Open Enrollment for ObamaCARE. While I am currently still Licensed through 2021, my interest in Health CARE remains purely personal & Political: Health Insurance has been my bread & butter for the past 13 years. I was here for the rollout of ObamaCARE & I survived the dismantling of this Life-Saving program since the #ApprenticePresident took office.

This post has been Updated & Updated & Updated - and each addition highlights how various parts of our Health Insurance Industry works to save lives.

People who read my blog even on an occasional basis will remember that I have a Critically ill Grandchild.

I am posting extra-early today as I need to babysit his baby sister while my daughter stays with him at Children's Memorial Hospital.

While other children were out Trick or Treating, Solomon was being admitted to the hospital with a fever & Central Line Infection that will likely require yet another surgery & a week-long hospital stay.

Early Voting is underway for State & Local Election.


Our lives depend on it.


UPDATE. Traditionally, Americans received coverage for Health Care through Employee Benefits which do continue all year. The entire purpose of companies offering Health Care Benefits to their employees is to engender LOYALTY.

Gone are the days when people worked for the same company for 50 years & retired with a gold watch.

Increasingly in a mobile society, people work at place after place & companies are hiring more & more 1099 Contractors rather than traditional W-2 employees.

Even companies & small business owners who do hire W-2s are looking for ways to minimize costs by offering fewer benefits with less coverage.

I have several friends & family members (including my Ex) that fit this category who are against Obamacare for this reason: I can talk for days until I'm blue in the face on how each type of insurance differs & the need for supplementation if they offer a High Deductible Plan to keep costs down.

I have had people tell me "I lost my Employee Benefits because of Obamacare."

No, they lost their Insurance because the Business Owner doesn't understand the principle of SUPPLEMENTATION.

Additionally, ObamaCARE has little or nothing to do with Employee Benefits.

If anything, it only enhances coverage by providing for additional preventative health services.

It is the Coverage of Last Resort for 1099 Individuals like myself.

When a company offers a High Deductible Plan, some as high as $10,000 WITHOUT SUPPLEMENTS, you will pay your monthly premium but see no coverage until the first $10,000 is paid out of your pocket. It will feel like, "Well - I've got this insurance but it doesn't pay for anything."

This is where "Consumer Driven Benefits" (CDB) come in to play.

Based on Section 125 of the IRS Tax Code, Employers & Employees alike benefit from Tax Savings buying Qualified Health Insurance through Payroll Deductions at work.

While the principle behind these supplements are essentially the same: providing for gaps in coverage for Out of Pocket Expenses, like Co-pays & Coinsurance, the delivery of these benefits differ from Medicare Supplements in that these supplements are Indemnity Plans: they pay cash benefits direct to the employee - where as most Medicare Supplements employ an Assignment of Benefits. (Providers receive payment directly from the Insurance Company.)

I may get around to finishing these Health Insurance Toolkit Pages for 2019. They have pretty much sat here unfinished all year this year as I have yet to make a dime from this website: it's pretty much been an expensive hobby for me.

I did, however manage to scrape together funding for another year. Stay tuned.


UPDATE These pages are still under construction due to my grassroots efforts in the Mid-term Electi