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Provides some protection from medical debt - the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the U.S.
Free preventive care, including: immunizations, contraceptives, cancer screenings, pelvic exams, STI testing, and others
You have the option to get a plan from the Obamacare Marketplace or find a different private plan off the Marketplace
Access to affordable prescription drugs, from antibiotics and contraceptives to antidepressants and other medicines
People with pre-existing conditions can't be denied coverage under a major medical health plan
You may be eligible for many different types of health coverage: major medical, short-term, faith-based healthcare, high-deductible, and others
HMO, PPO, EPO, or POS: Which Type of Plan Is Right for You?
The type of insurance plan you pick determines how many providers will be covered under your plan and whether you'll need a referral from your Primary Care Doctor (PCP) before seeing a specialist (e.g dermatologist, cardiologist, radiologist).
|Types of Major Medical Plans|
|Do specialists and procedures require a referral?||Do I have to stay in-network to get coverage?||Is it for me?|
|HMOHealth Maintenance Organization||Yes||Yes(Except for emergencies)||If you want more provider options and don’t want to have to deal with referrals.|
|PPO Preferred Provider Organization||Yes||No(In-network care is less expensive)||If you want more provider options and don’t want to have to deal with referrals.|
|EPO Exclusive Provider Organization||No||Yes(Except for emergencies)||If you want lower out-of-pocket costs but don’t want to have to deal with referrals.|
|POS Point-of-Service Plan||Yes||No(In-network care is less expensive; referral needed for out-of-network)||If you want more provider options and a primary care doctor that coordinates your overall care.|
Obamacare Metal Plans: What They Are, How They Work
There are 4 different coverage levels, often referred to as “metal plans” because of their corresponding names: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. They all offer the same essential health benefits. The main difference among Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans is how much you pay for care versus how much your plan covers.
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