Short Term Health Insurance
Get Quotes on Short Term Health Insurance in California
We offer California residents short term health insurance plans provided by top leading insurance carriers.
Short-term plans can help in these situations
Change of employment
Laid off? Job loss?
Get covered while in between
jobs and employee benefits.
Can’t get major medical
coverage? A short-term
plan may help.
Need proof of insurance?
A short-term plan can be
quick and affordable.
How Does CA Short Term Health Insurance Work?
California short-term health insurance plans offer health care coverage for a limited period of time (around 1 to 12 months) and are a great solution when you’re between jobs, waiting for group coverage to start, or if you’re a recent college graduate.
Buying a California Short Term Medical Plans
Purchasing a short-term medical insurance plan in California will make you ineligible for any guaranteed issue individual health plans commonly referred to as HIPAA Plans. HIPAA plans are usually very expensive and are generally intended for people with pre-existing medical conditions who would have trouble getting health insurance otherwise. If you wish to maintain your eligibility for HIPAA plans, you should not purchase a short-term plan. Please consult your benefits advisor to discuss your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other rights under state law.
Short-term health insurance plans typically do not cover pre-existing medical conditions. The definition of a pre-existing condition varies by state, but, in general, short-term health insurance policies exclude coverage for conditions that have been diagnosed or treated within the previous 3 to 5 years. If you have an existing medical condition, you may want to research whether you can extend your current insurance. Employer-sponsored insurance can be extended under a government-regulated option commonly referred to as COBRA, which you should seriously consider if you have an existing medical condition.
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT SHORT-TERM PLANS
Short-term health insurance plans are not qualified health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) and do not meet the coverage and benefit requirements of the ACA. You cannot receive a subsidy (premium tax credit and/or cost-sharing reduction) under the ACA in connection with your purchase of short-term health insurance and may still owe the tax penalty (the individual shared responsibility payment) under the ACA. Some people may qualify for exemptions from the ACA tax penalty.
Short-term health insurance plans are generally less expensive than qualified health plans under the ACA (also called major medical health insurance), but do not offer the same level of coverage. Short-term health insurance plans are intended for people who do not want or cannot afford major medical insurance or who want a temporary form of limited coverage before they obtain major medical health insurance. Among other limitations and exclusions, short term health insurance plans generally do not cover pre-existing conditions (health and other conditions that exist at the time of application) or the minimum essential coverage of the ACA (benefits such as mental healthcare, pregnancy and childbirth, preventive care, etc.).
Short-term health insurance plans are limited in duration by law to a maximum 3-month term. After the plan expires (in 3 months or less), you will stop receiving any benefits under it. You must reapply to receive coverage after the plan expires. If you are accepted for an additional term under a short-term health insurance plan, the plan’s deductible and other amounts reset so that amounts paid (or the satisfaction of conditions) under the initial plan are ignored. Similarly, whether you have pre-existing conditions will be determined anew as of your approval under the new application. Please review your policy terms for the maximum coverage period allowed by the plan you selected. Be aware that insurance companies limit the number of times a short-term insurance policy may be renewed. Some states may restrict your ability to apply for more than one consecutive short-term health insurance plan.
Purchasing a short-term plan will make you ineligible for any guaranteed-issue individual health plans commonly referred to as HIPAA plans. Please consult your benefits advisor to discuss your rights under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other rights under state law.
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