Q&A about immediate outpatient costs

Many people think they can buy insurance for immediate medical expenses. It doesn’t work that way. But there are still other things to consider. Insurance is mandatory (even if it excludes pre-existing conditions) to gain entry into some treatment programs. It isn’t mentioned in this post but in severe cases Medicaid issues need to be discussed.

Q: Hi, I’m looking for a plan that will help cover some of the cost for an Intensive Outpatient Program at xxxxxxxxx, I start the program on Monday January 8 and I’m looking for an insurance plan that will help with some of the coverage because since I don’t have insurance the program is 125 per day and that’s expensive. Is there any way you could point me to the right direction for a plan to help?

A: Hi xxxxxxxxxx. Sorry you are facing this situation. There is no U.S. insurance available right now that pays for what you are asking so I suggest two things:

1) Be careful of advertising or sales agents who say this is covered

2) Consider whether it is better to have some other insurance rather than none at all. Some facilities will treat patients where the specific procedure is not covered but won’t treat them if they have no insurance at all.

Then next time you have access to open enrollment, you can get covered for these types of expenses. Meanwhile the available insurance plans you are considering do not cover this immediate planned medical expense.

Tony Novak

www.freedombenefits.org

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