Hopeless 16 year old german shepherd needs out now or will be killed at CA shelters

The Obamacare Open Enrollment Period ended about a month and a half ago, and many people still find themselves without health insurance. Some may not be able to comfortably afford a plan, couldn't make a decision on what to buy, and maybe some just plain forgot. Now many people find themselves wondering how to go about getting health insurance outside of Open Enrollment.

Qualifying Life Event

In order to enroll in a major medical plan outside of Open Enrollment, individuals must have a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, moving to a new state, and other scenarios. When such an event occurs, this triggers a Special Enrollment Period, allowing someone to enroll in a plan.

If a qualifying life event does not occur, but someone is still interested in getting health insurance, there is an alternative. Short-term health insurance has some key differences from major medical health insurance, but still offers some great benefits to tide a person over until they can get other coverage.

Short-term Health Insurance

A short-term plan will function similarly to a major medical plan. When reviewing available plans, there is a breakdown of deductible and copayment amounts, maximum coverage limits, etc. available for each plan. They will vary by plan, which provides the health insurance shopper with many options. If someone is just looking for basic coverage that protects against big, unexpected emergencies, there will be a plan that works well for that scenario. Others who know that they will want copayments for office visits and prescriptions can find a plan to fit those needs as well.

Regardless of why someone cannot enroll in a major medical plan, one of the biggest benefits of a short-term plan is that it typically costs much less than a major medical plan. As with any plan, prices will increase with a short-term plan as the coverage amount increases. For instance, a low deductible will likely result in a higher premium. This is the case with virtually any type of plan. The more protection you have, the more it costs. Again, though, generally speaking you will pay less for a short-term plan than for a major medical plan.

These plans are no doubt helpful when traditional major medical insurance is not an option, and some people may even prefer a short-term plan over major medical. However, as its name implies, short-term insurance is not intended to be a permanent insurance solution. For this reason, many plans are only available up to a year. However long the term, once the plan ends, it must be reapplied for. There is no guarantee it will be approved.

Another key factor to note when considering this insurance is the fact that pre-existing conditions are not covered. If someone applying for a plan has diabetes, anything related to that condition will not be covered. However, even without pre-existing conditions being covered, new conditions will be. Having protection for new ailments is definitely more than anyone would have without any sort of health insurance, and that's important to remember.

Finally, remember that you are required to have an Affordable Care Act-compliant health plan. Short-term health insurance plans do not fall into this category, so depending on your specific situation, you may face a penalty at tax time for not having ACA-compliant health insurance.

Whatever the reason you can't get major medical insurance, keep short-term plans in mind. They definitely offer enough coverage to tide you over until you can get a major medical plan, and you can select the amount of coverage that works best for you. The benefits of short-term plans definitely outweigh the cons of not having any health insurance.

Angela is the Media Content Writer for Health Choice One, a health insurance brokerage that charges nothing to help individuals and families get health coverage. Health Choice One works with major medical plans (including on-exchange, Obamacare plans) short-term plans, and supplemental plans. For more information, a quote, or help enrolling in a health plan.

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For a German Shepherd to grow old to have a sugary white face and slow shuffle,big brown eyes and a toothless grin of adorableness.....he should not be in a shelter till his loving hearts stops on earth and passes on to heaven.
He needs his golden moments with cozy beds, sweet snuggles and warm tasty bits.

Rescue or humanitarian with a big heart, love and the capability, please immediately get Buddy home where he deserves to be loved.
ID: #A5239584

Sex: Male
Age: 16 years

For more information about this animal, call:
Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey at (562) 940-6898
11258 South Garfield Avenue Downey, CA 90242
Ask for information about animal ID number A5239584

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The clauses that are related to limitations and exclusions may seem complicated at first but it is crucial to understand these before signing up. There could be some exclusions and limitations that may not affect you or your family at all while some may be important depending on your health history and hereditary family history. So while what is excluded for one person may not make a difference, it might make a huge impact for another. That is why it is important to understand what these are and how they impact and relate to you as an individual and to your family in general.

Exclusions are those conditions or expenses that are not covered by the insurance company. In such cases, the claimant will have to share a pre-specified portion of the expenses in the claim if it should ever arise. Some insurance companies will also impose a sub limit that is within the sum insured overall. Exclusions are those expenses that the insurance company need not pay for. The IRDA has standardized this with a list of expenses. There are also different waiting periods for different conditions.

One of the common exclusions for health insurance are pre-existing diseases. This is because the entire premise of insurance is based on uncertainty so if there is a disease that you are already suffering from, it will not come under the insurance. Usually, you can get insurance companies to cover you for a pre-existing disease after a specified waiting period is over.

Another thing that is excluded is pregnancy and expenses related to childbirth and later vaccinations. There could be a waiting period for pregnancy as well, after which there are some benefits that could be availed. Other things that are excluded from a health insurance policy are cosmetic surgeries, dental surgeries, alternative treatments such as Ayurveda and homeopathy, etc.

Sub-limits are another factor which should be carefully looked into at the outset before investing in an insurance policy. A sub-limit is related to exclusions that are associated with doctors' fees, ambulance costs, rent for hospital rooms, etc. Knowing your sub limits keeps you prepared in case of an emergency so you know exactly what will be covered and what you will have to pay for out of your own pocket.

There are policies which seem to have a whole list of exclusions and sub-limits and there are those that have a moderate amount of them. So knowing what is excluded and what is not will help you make a better decision regarding which health insurance to choose. This can be done easily by doing a systematic and meticulous comparison of health insurance policies taken from different websites or from the agents directly. Knowledge is power and knowing this beforehand helps you in better planning your future and that of your family.

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