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Covering the Gaps in Obamacare

Health plans and resources for diabetics - a listing of the health plan options and other resources
Smart Accident Insurance - supplemental coverage for emergency treatment of accidents and injuries for as little as $20 per month. Can be used as a stand-alone accident plan or to increase other insurance benefits.

Most Affordable Supplemental Coverage

Value 24 Hour Accident - up to $10,000 of supplemental health insurance coverage for emergency treatment of injuries at a cost of about $2 per day. Can be used as a stand-alone coverage or added to other insurance.

Primary Individual Major Medical Through a Private Exchange

Members Health Insurance Exchange allows you to price and choose from among many of the nations leading major medical health insurance options from a wide range of carriers. Personal help is available through OnlineNavigator to help with your selection.

Dental and Vision Insurance

Secure DentalOne - one lifetime deductible of $100 and then up to $1,250 per year coverage

Online Life Insurance

International Term Life - up to $2 million coverage issued by Lloyds online specifically for those who spend time outside of the US

New Hampshire health insurance news

by Tony Novak, CPA, MBA, MT   last updated: February 21, 2016

The two top priorities among individuals and small business who pay for their own health coverage is to find more affordable primary insurance and cover rapidly rising out-of-pocket medical costs that are not paid by primary health insurance.

Prior to implementation of the Affordable Care Act, New Hampshire had eight commercial health insurance companies that offered individual major medical insurance and 10 small group health insurance plans as well as the state-sponsored New Hampshire Health Plan for high risk applicants who have been declined for commercial health insurance. These standard health insurance plans are no longer available today following implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Since the passage of federal health insurance reform law, individuals and small businesses (with less than 50 employees) in New Hampshire can now purchase health insurance through the federal heath insurance clearinghouse or through a number of privately operated insurance exchanges. The state government is likely to expand its own insurance exchange system in cooperation with either the federal or private systems within the next few years.

Non-insurance options, like Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) can be added as effective cost-control tools; ask your adviser for more information.

This Web page lists some of the most popular low cost commercial health insurance plans and related benefits. Freedom Benefits offers personal assistance with any insurance exchange or health reform issue through www.OnlineNavigator.org. Your enrollment adviser is available to discuss suitability of any plan for your specific situation.

The state insurance exchange is open now for coverage starting in 2016. Individuals without insurance right now should make arrangements for temporary coverage through a short term medical insurance policy until then. Covered health benefits under insurance purchased through the exchange in 2016 will be different than those offered though any 2015 health plans. The insurance plan that sets the benchmark for qualified coverage through the exchange is listed here and a list of state-mandated benefits can be found here.

Commercial insurance exchanges may also list less expensive insurance without the essential health benefits.

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New Hampshire insurance  pricing

New Hampshire had the 3rd highest health insurance costs of all states in 2008 with an average family premium of $13,592 per year. (The average annual premium for a U.S. family covered under an employer-sponsored health plan in 2008 was $12,298 according to The Commonwealth Fund report. The overall quality of health care ranked 5th out of the 51 states (including DC).
The state ranked #21 in physical wellbeing (having good health and enough energy to get things done daily) according to a 2015 Gallup Healthways survey.
New Hampshire promotes a unique Web-based project to require  transparency in health care costs. A new report on the effectiveness of this program was published in August 2009. Although consumers may appreciate the intent of the project, apparently it had no effect on curbing health care cost inflation. 

Short Term Insurance

Markel Smart STM - popular and affordable short term major medical insurance with fast online approval
Secure STM - along with its 12 month and 36 month options, this may be the highest quality short term coverage

Immigrant Insurance

Inbound Immigrant - up to five years of liberal health insurance coverage after immigration including maternity coverage, emergency and other essential benefits

Supplemental Accident Insurance

Consumers Direct Accident Medical - Protection UpgradeSM supplemental coverage for as little as $20 per month.
Smart Accident Insurance - supplemental coverage for emergency treatment of accidents and injuries for as little as $20 per month. Can be used as a stand-alone accident plan or to increase other insurance benefits.
Value 24 Hour Accident - up to $10,000 of supplemental health insurance coverage for emergency treatment of injuries at a cost of about $2 per day. Can be used as a stand-alone coverage or added to other insurance.

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New Hampshire insurance law and regulation

10/27/2015 Tufts Health Freedom Plan is available to small groups for 2016.
The New Hampshire Department of Insurance Web site contains links to the complete text of the state's insurance laws and regulations.  The Web site has not yet developed resources to help individuals find commercial low cost health plans like mini-med or core coverage, specific illness policies, Supplemental Accident Insurance and basic health insurance.
The state insurance department can be reached by telephone at (603) 271-2261 or by mail at 21 South Fruit Street, Suite 14 Concord, NH 03301. The state children's health insurance plan (CHIP) Web site is New Hampshire Healthy Kids (NHHK).

Small business plans

Freedom Benefits offers professional help with setup of self-administered Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA), Premium Reimbursement Plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and insurance at a low price than any small business can afford.

Non-insurance Discount Plans

Careington PPO Discount Plans - the nation's leading network PPO discount provider allows a no-risk trial of any discount plan for only a $20 processing fee
Drug Card America - a free prescription drug card that an be used nationwide
Essential Dental Solutions - simple, inexpensive, no waiting period, up to $500 treatment per year
Rx Pay Card - $10, $20, or $30 payments for hundreds of popular prescriptions.

Telemedicine

CallMD - Doctors and nurses literally on call 24/7 to answer questions, help with medical screening and write prescriptions saving you money with the most common types of medical care. $20 per month covers everyone in the household.

International Coverage and Travel Insurance

     
     
     

New Hampshire Insurance News

12/15/2014 - New Hampshire residents have fewer heath insurance options and pay higher price than those in other states. State officials are working to address the problem. 50,000 eligible low income adults will be able to sign up for a new state managed care program for Medicaid or a program that subsidizes existing employer coverage.  Meanwhile, state officials announced that new rules for managed care provider networks will not be ready until 2016. The new rules are intended to insure that companies that sell health insurance have enough medical providers available to meet demand for services.

2/11/2014 Professional support for any health care reform issue is available free of charge through an arrangement with OnlineNavigator. All online inquiries are handled personally by Tony Novak, CPA. Online support is available through a number of popular social media channels including Facebook and Google+ as well as e-mail. Telephone support for insurance enrollment is available through Members Insurance Exchange at (800) 609-0683.

7/26/2013 Affordable Smart Term Life Insurance is now available to most New Hampshire residents from age 20 through 60 directly online with no physical exam, agent appointment or telephone verification. Most policies are issued on the same day with coverage amounts of $25,000 up to $350,000. The level premium life insurance is available for terms of 10, 15, 20 and 30 years. Sample rates for $150,000 coverage for a preferred risk male age 30, non-tobacco $30.85 per month; tobacco user $49.55 per month. A preferred risk female age 30 non-tobacco user would be $26.49 per month and a tobacco user would be $40.96 per month. Rates are higher for older applicants and lower health risks as described online. Pricing is based on input you provide about your medical history but, unlike most other life insurers, does not consider family medical history. Coverage is issued by innovative National Life Group, rated "A" by A.M. Best Company for 2013.

5/19/2013 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire individual insurance policies are now available though the online health insurance exchanges.

3/11/2013 This page was updated to include a link to the insurance plan that will be used to determine specific "essential health benefits" for insurance that qualified for 2014 federal tax purposes. Also, a link to additional covered benefits required by state law. Non-qualified insurance is likely to continue to be available at a lower cost that does not include these benefits nor qualify for federal tax purposes.

6/25/2012 New Hampshire Governor Lynch signed into law a prohibition from setting up a state health insurance exchange. The law says that no "state agency, department or political subdivision shall plan, create, participate in or enable a state based exchange for health insurance." The federal Department of Health and Human Services still could establish a health insurance exchange in the state at a later date. This new legislation does not affect Freedom Benefits insurance exchange from operating in the state because the project is organized by collaboration of commercial businesses and funded entirely with private investment. Consumer assistance is provided through volunteer efforts through www.OnlineNavigator.org. The Supplemental Accident Insurance exchange resources will continue regardless of the state's position on their public insurance exchange.

2/21/2012 New Hampshire health insurance mandates - a recently updated listing is now available online in PDF format. We made special note that the state's continuation of coverage law applies only to persons leaving group insurance plans and not to those leaving individual insurance. Details of the state's Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan are also available.

2/1/2012 The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, a division of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that as of June 30, 2011 Anthem BCBS is the state's largest health insurance provider and as such, earns the right to set the benchmark for the development of the state's essential benefit plans to debut in 2014 under health reform law.

6/15/2011 UnitedHealthcare's Golden Rule Insurance Company will no longer offer Short Term Medical plans to new customers in New Hampshire as of June 16, 2011. This change does not affect existing customers in the state who have Golden Rule's Short Term Medical coverage. This change removes the only remaining UnitedHealthcare individual insurance product from the state of New Hampshire. Alternative short term major medical insurance products are available in New Hampshire from Markel Insurance Company and Standard Security Life Insurance.

12/16/2010 New Hampshire Insurance Department officials met representatives of 44 other states and numerous employees of the federal Health and Human Services Department in Washington DC this week for a two-day working meeting to discuss the next steps in establish a government-run health insurance exchange under the American Health Benefit Exchange Model Act. Their attendance at this meeting was paid for by a $1 million federal grant awarded by HHS in September to the state for research how to set up an insurance exchange. Two states (Alaska and Minnesota) declined to participate, saying that it was a waste of taxpayer money. Four other states (not identified in press reports) that received federal grants did not send representatives to the meeting. Attendees included representatives of 16 states that are suing the federal government in an attempt to overturn the federal health reform law; specifically the requirement that forces individuals to buy health insurance on the insurance exchange or pay a hefty tax fine.

In its initial federal grant request for the insurance exchange project, New Hampshire said that it would: 1) Obtain an impact analysis on public sector program costs and effect on the general fund of the State, 2) Inform, educate, and involve stakeholders including a utilization assessment, 3) Develop a general public education and outreach plan regarding an Exchange, 4) Develop a macroeconomic model to predict plan migration, analyze the effect of New Hampshire insurance mandates, and identify and quantify risks of adverse selection and insurance market disturbance, 5) Exchange and analysis of budgetary impacts on State as well as appropriate internal and external controls, and 6) Obtain analysis of current State laws and regulations relevant to Exchange and a summary of policy and legislative recommendations for establishing an Exchange and Affordable Care Act implementation.

The meeting reportedly did not address the role of the commercial health insurance exchanges on the implementation of new competing government systems. The model act does not address inter-state insurance exchange proposals nor insurance sales across state lines. Federal officials admitted that they may not be able to provide further guidance until 2012. Meanwhile, most states are motivated to continue to meet requirements to obtain additional funding promised by the federal government for the establishment of insurance exchange by 2014. Freedom Benefits has previously voiced the opinion that the huge amount of money being spent to set up alternate insurance sales system technologies could be better used providing health benefits to the public. We proposed on the Universal Health Insurance blog that adequate commercial insurance sales systems are already in place that could be modified in a public/private partnership to make health insurance more affordable.

5/14/2010 Diabetes Coverage: A new resource to help find health insurance for diabetics in New Hampshire is now available at Freedom Benefits.


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