Affordable Columbus health insurance plans are available for enrollment. Compare free online quotes and choose quality single or family medical coverage either on or off the Marketplace. Franklin County offers attractive rates, large provider networks, and low-cost Customized Exchange coverage. Buckeye State Seniors can also easily shop for Medigap plans. Supplement, Advantage, and Part D prescription drug options are offered.
Small group benefits can also be provided if you own a small business (SHOP Exchange). We help you find, compare, and enroll in personal individual plans provided by the top-rated companies, such as Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Medical Mutual, Molina, and CareSource. Humana, UnitedHealthcare, and Aetna, offer many Senior, Group, short-term, dental, and vision plans.
The rates you view are guaranteed to be the lowest available prices (It's illegal to quote higher rates) from the most respected licensed carriers. There never is any cost or fee when you review or apply for coverage. Whether your existing policy is being terminated, or you are applying for coverage for the first time, our experience (37 years) will save you money.
But just as importantly, we believe you should be able to maximize your benefits, so we take the time to insure your policy is the perfect fit. We also keep you updated on any significant changes to premiums, policies or federal legislation. It's not unusual for plans to become discontinued, forcing you to enroll in new coverage. For example, as President Trump's healthcare initiatives become available, we publish reviews, plan descriptions, and of course, rates.
Seniors covered by Medicare benefits are not eligible for federal instant tax credits or Marketplace plans. However, there are many low-cost Medigap and Medicare Advantage options that can potentially reduce total healthcare costs, including premiums for coverage. Upon request, we provide a comprehensive comparison of multiple top-rated carriers. Some of the popular companies include AARP (UnitedHealthcare), Aetna, Anthem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, MediGold, CareSource, Medical Mutual, and Molina.
Impact Of Obamacare In Ohio
In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA Legislation) started to reduce your premium with financial subsidies in the form of instant tax credits. Depending on your MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income), you may be eligible for up to $12,000 ($1,000 per month) of assistance. During Open Enrollment (November 1 to January 31st), you project your household income for the following year, which determines your subsidy. Don't worry! We will calculate it for you.
If you forgot to sign up, an SEP (Special Enrollment Period) may allow you to apply for a plan without waiting for the next Open Enrollment period. If you don't qualify for an SEP, additional options are provided that will cover you for the remainder of the calendar year. NOTE: Currently, Premier, HealthSpan, and SummaCare do not offer Marketplace plans in Central Ohio. We will provide details of plans and rates if this changes. More carriers are expected to offer coverage in Franklin County in 2018 and 2019.
Franklin County Prices Are Low Compared To Other Areas In The State
Medical plans in Columbus are extremely economical, compared to other parts of the state. In the Franklin County area, The cost of treatment, including office visits and hospital visits, has historically cost less than other large cities. Current premiums are about 20% less than similar coverage in the Toledo, Akron/Canton and Cleveland areas. Franklin County rates are also less expensive than the Cincinnati area.
Anthem Blue Cross and UnitedHealthOne (formerly UnitedHealthCare) offer some of their lowest premiums in this part of the state. Aetna, Medical Mutual, Molina, and Humana also feature many of their best offers. Reasons include lower doctor visit costs, lower room-rates for hospital stays and better malpractice insurance rates for physicians. As you move towards the North, premiums do start creeping up a bit.
Some of the most efficient and state-of-the-art hospitals are located in the area, and that certainly helps. They include the University Medical Center, Grant Medical Center, Riverside Methodist and the James Cancer Center. And many of their ancillary facilities are also very cost-conscious. A more comprehensive listing of area hospitals can be found here.
Health Insurance Rates In Columbus (2017)
Shown below are several common scenarios that illustrate the least expensive monthly rates from the most popular carriers and plans. The federal subsidy (if applicable) has been applied and several different zip codes (all within Franklin County) have been used.
Example 1 - Zip code 43228. Single 30 year-old with $24,000 income
$80 - Medical Mutual Market HMO 7150
$85 - Medical Mutual Market HMO 6400 HSA
$115 - CareSource Low Premium Silver
$130 - Molina Marketplace Silver 250
Example 2 - Zip code 43230. Single 40 year-old with $32,000 income
$178 - Medical Mutual Market HMO 7150 - $50 pcp office visit copay for first three visits. $7,150 deductible.
$184 - Medical Mutual Market HMO 6400 HSA -Health Savings Account with $6,400 deductible.
$218 - CareSource Low Premium Silver - $25 and $45 office visit copays. $O copay for generic drugs and $5,000 deductible.
Example 3 - Zip code 43207. Married 47 year-old couple and two children with $55,000 income
$204 - Aetna Deductible Only HSA
$253 - Aetna $20 Copay
$387 - Molina Marketplace Silver
$388 - Anthem Pathway X PPO
Example 4 - Zip code 43016. Married 50 year-old couple and three children with $70,000 income
$304 - Aetna Deductible Only HSA
$366 - Aetna $20 Copay
$532 - Molina Marketplace Silver HSA (Health Savings Account) Plans
$534 - Anthem Pathway X PPO
Example 5 - Zip code 43065 (Delaware County). Single 50 year-old with $32,000 income
$179 - Aetna Deductible Only HSA
$199 - Aetna $20 Copay
$226 - Medical Mutual Market HSA 6000
$297 - UnitedHealthcare Compass HSA 4900
HSA (Health Savings Account) Plans In Franklin And Surrounding Counties
Health Savings Account (HSA) rates are also very attractive. If you are healthy, and have very few medical claims, an HSA may be worth considering. Rates will vary depending on many factors, including your age, requested deductible, tobacco usage, and county of residence. Medical Mutual, Anthem and UHC currently offer the best HSA rates in the middle of the state. The most popular deductibles are between $4,000 and $6,600. Shown below are the most competitive HSA plan options:
Aetna Bronze Deductible Only
InHealth Bronze 6000
Medical Mutual Market 6000
Medical Mutual Market 4000
Anthem Bronze Pathway X PPO 0
InHealth Silver 3500
UnitedHealthcareBronze Compass 4900
Anthem Silver Pathway X PPO 10
Since we're located just East of Columbus, we're very familiar with which specific policies and coverages would be best for you. Need coverage for only a few months? We'll find the best options. Do you want a long-term policy? We'll show you the most affordable plans. Are you uninsured or do you have serious health conditions? We will find the most cost-effective solution and your pre-existing conditions will be covered.
We give you the choice of using our quote engine to compare free quotes or allowing us to help you. Either way, if you live here in the Buckeye state, we're confident you'll find many affordable options.