Hospital Indemnity Insurance

An insurance plan to help with the high costs of hospitalization
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What Does Hospital Insurance Cover?

Hospitalization insurance plans generally provide benefits for medical services associated with being hospitalized due to an injury or illness.

You may also be able to obtain additional coverage for outpatient services like preventive care, urgent care, outpatient services, and diagnostics like X-rays and lab tests or for certain critical illnesses.

What Hospital Insurance Typically Covers
  • Hospital room and board

  • Inpatient physician’s visits

  • Inpatient prescription medications

  • Inpatient surgery

  • Outpatient surgery

  • Ambulance services

What Hospital Insurance Typically Does Not Cover
  • Pre-existing conditions, including pregnancy

  • Preventive care such as routine physicals

  • Any non-medically necessary surgical procedures

  • Outpatient prescription medications

Pros and Cons of Hospital Insurance

  • May be guaranteed renewable – If it is guaranteed renewable that means you won’t be singled out for a rate increase or cancellation based solely on changes to your health.
  • Use benefits however you want – with no benefit coordination, payments may be made directly to you.
  • Apply year-round – There is no official open enrollment period, and you can apply anytime.
  • Flexible Coverage – Choose from various health benefit levels.
  • Keep your doctor – Some policies do not have provider network limitations for fixed indemnity plans, which means you can visit your preferred healthcare provider.
  • $0 deductible plan options may be available.
  • Premiums are based on age and health – The younger and healthier you are the lower your monthly premium; conversely, older and sicker individuals will pay more.
  • More exclusions + limitations than major medical – Many ACA-qualifying essential health benefits such as annual doctor’s visits, prescription drugs, vaccinations, and pre- and post-natal care are not covered.
  • Pre-existing conditions are not covered
  • Not ACA-qualifying major medical coverage – Hospital indemnity insurance is not ACA-compliant major medical coverage.

Find Answers to Hospital Insurance Questions

Some policies have no yearly or lifetime limit while others do include limits. Generally, as long as you continue to pay your monthly premium, you will receive a fixed benefit amount for any eligible expenses you incur. Check any policy you are considering for full details.
There is no annual enrollment period for hospital insurance, so you may apply for coverage at any time. The application process can take just a few minutes to complete, and if you are approved for coverage, your policy can take effect as soon as you pay your first premium. Get an instant hospital insurance quote to compare different plan options that may meet your needs.
Also known as hospital insurance or hospitalization insurance, this type of indemnity plan typically provides a “fixed” or set benefit amount for costs you may incur when you are hospitalized due to an injury or condition covered by your policy. Hospital insurance is not available in every state. In some states, you are required to have an Affordable Care Act (ACA)-compliant major medical plan before you can enroll in a hospital insurance plan.[1]

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