Plans On and Off Exchange

If you are currently in the market to purchase health insurance coverage, MHG Insurance Brokers would like to share some information regarding the healthcare plans that are available both ‘on’ and ‘off’ the exchange which could benefit you. The health insurance exchange is an online marketplace for Americans seeking health coverage that allows them to comparison-shop the different plans that are being offered by competing health care providers. For Americans who previously could not afford health insurance, and yet were not eligible for programs like Medicaid or Medicare, may qualify for federal assistance by way of a tax credit, which will reduce the cost of their monthly premium. This subsidy is only available when selecting a health plan on the exchange. 

Plans offered both on and off the exchange provide the same mandatory essential benefits, however, many plans offered off the exchange provide more comprehensive coverage and have larger provider networks than many of the new 2014 plans offered on the exchange. Plans offered off the exchange are still government approved. MHG Insurance Brokers can assist you with determining whether you qualify for a federal subsidy based on your income, as well as evaluating the benefits and provider networks included in each of the plans that you are interested in, whether they are on or off the exchange. Here are just some of the mandatory essential benefits that are offered through the plans available both on and off the marketplace:

  • Outpatient doctor visits, including preventative and wellness services
  • Pediatric services including dental and vision
  • Emergency room services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Mental health services
  • Substance Use Disorder coverage
  • Prescription Drug coverage
  • Rehabilitative services
  • Lab tests and services
The Affordable Care Act has made way for many improvements to healthcare for Americans. New plans and many older plans will now provide subscribers with these key enhancements, in addition to others that aren’t mentioned on this list:

  • Advances in women’s health services
  • Improved care for seniors
  • New preventative services that require no out of pocket costs.
  • No annual or lifetime limits on healthcare.
MHG Insurance Brokers is here to guide you each step of the way during these changing times.  MHG Insurance Brokers will assist you with comparing plan choices that are available both on and off the exchange, and help you obtain the health care coverage that is best suited to your family’s health needs and budget. We will utilize our knowledge and expertise to determine whether it is more advantageous to you to shop for a plan on or off the exchange, and clarify the details regarding the benefits, rights and protections included in the new plans. Call one of our insurance specialists today for expert guidance on all matters concerning health care to ensure you are getting the best coverage. MHG Insurance Brokers is always available to answer questions, or assist with processing claims. We continue to be of service for those who are in the market for Supplemental and Long Term Care coverage, Life insurance, and more. Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak to one of MHG’s representatives at 954-828-1819.

Availability of Plans On and Off Exchange

ACA Health Insurance Plans

The open enrollment period is in effect through March 31st, 2014. MHG Insurance Brokers would like to make you aware of specific deadlines that are approaching, as well as provide you with information on a topic that has been getting a lot of attention lately – shrinking plan provider networks on the ACA health insurance marketplace.

Here are some notable dates to bear in mind:

  

  • For government approved health plans effective March 1st – enrollment deadline February 15th, 2014
  • For government approved health plans effective April 1st  – enrollment deadline March 15th, 2014
  • Final Enrollment date to obtain a healthcare plan or off the exchange – March 31st, 2014 for effective date of May 1st, 2014
If you are looking to buy health insurance, use this time to evaluate and compare the many plans available that you will be presented with. There has been attention given recently to the sizes of the provider networks that are a part of the plans offered through the health insurance marketplace. It appears that these plans’ provider networks are smaller in order for the plans to provide affordability and be able to compete with other plans offered on the exchange. The ACA doesn’t set prices for these plans or for medical services provided to the consumer, the insurance companies do. Smaller networks with fewer provider choices means smaller premiums for the consumer. In order to be more affordable, these plans exclude the most expensive providers. 

While insurance companies decide which doctors and hospitals will be a part of a network, there are also doctors who will only accept higher fees before they choose to participate in some networks. This is typical behavior within a competitive market. It is important when weighing the benefits of plans you are considering to check what provider networks your current doctors are participating in. You may wish to only consider those plans if keeping your doctors is important to you. When you find networks that your doctors participate in, call your doctors to confirm the information before selecting a plan. This extra effort will pay off, as selecting a plan that your doctor may no longer accept could be a critical mistake, as you won’t be able to change your plan again until the next open enrollment period, or a qualifying life event takes place, such as a marriage, birth or adoption of a child, or divorce. 

One comforting fact to be aware of: no matter which plan you select, the law prohibits insurance companies from requiring higher copayments or coinsurance if you get emergency care from an out-of-network hospital. If you are traveling and an unfortunate accident lands you in a hospital emergency room that is not on your provider network, you do not need to get preapproval before receiving emergency services. This applies to all plans that were created or obtained before March 23, 2010. 

 As always, MHG Insurance Brokers is here to assist you with all of your insurance needs. Our in depth and current knowledge can help you navigate through all of the information and choices you will come across when shopping for a health care plan. Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 to learn more about the new healthcare plans available, or visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com. We look forward to protecting your health!

Affordable Care Act: Health Insurance Marketplace Plans and Their Provider Networks – How Do They Affect You?

Health & Fitness Tips

Making time for fitness is one of the most important aspects of a healthy and productive lifestyle, yet it’s one of the first things to get pushed aside when life gets hectic. You know how crucial health and fitness are to your overall happiness, performance and body image, but when deadlines, children, meetings and social obligations are calling, how do you find the time? With these 10 health and fitness tips, you’ll be living a healthier, happier, more fit life before you know it, no matter how pressed for time you are. 

 

Break it up

You don’t have to workout for an hour straight to reap the benefits of working out for an hour. Break it up, fitting in short bursts when you have time. Do a 20 minute strength set in the morning, walk a mile on your lunch break, and throw in another set in the evening. Breaking your workout into smaller parts makes it seem less daunting – plus, short bursts seem more manageable, so you’re less likely to skip exercising. 

Fast, healthy food fixes 

A busy lifestyle often lends itself to convenience foods, which usually aren’t healthy. Invest time now in learning fast recipes you can easily throw together no matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day. Gourmet salads, veggie burritos and turkey steak are healthy options that can be whipped up in 10 minutes flat.

Healthy hotels matter 

Traveling for work can be great for your career, not so great for your waistline. People who travel for work more than 20 times per month are 2.61 times more likely to feel like they have poor health and 1.92 times more likely to be obese compared to those who only travel six times per month, according to a Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine study. Make traveling work to your advantage. Stay in hotels with gyms and healthy menu options, and try to get in quick workouts. Bonus: Exercise sharpens your mind, so your work performance could improve by staying at healthy hotels too. 

Be active all day

Sometimes, getting to the gym is impossible. For these seasons, making exercise a part of your lifestyle will keep you healthy no matter what your schedule. You can do lunges while you’re on the phone, squats while brushing your teeth, turn date night into rock climbing, hiking or ice skating, take the stairs, run instead of walk when you take your dog out, chase your kids around the park, or head to yoga with a friend instead of grabbing a drink. Every bit of exercise counts - be creative! 

The smart commute

If possible, turn your commute into a workout. Walk, bike, or run if you have a place at your office to store extra clothes. You might be surprised how fast you arrive, and if you live somewhere with bad traffic it might even be a shorter commute. Don’t live close enough for these options? Get off the metro or bus a few stops early and savor the morning air, or park far away so you can still get a few blocks of walking in.

Become a morning person

It might sound excruciating, but people who workout early usually workout more, and you’ll get used to the early wake up call. If you set your alarm early, it means you can finish your workout before the rest of your day begins. For extra motivation, sleep in your gym clothes so all you have to do is wake up and go. 

Maximize your lunch break 

Lunch hour is great for catching up with colleagues, but make a point a few times a week to squeeze in some exercise. Sixty minutes is enough time to go for a walk, or even hit the gym. Best of all, it’s been proven that people are more productive after exercising or taking a break from their computer, than they are if they eat at their desks or work all day straight.

Make it a family affair 

Busy parents know it’s not always easy to make time for yourself when kids are young. However, children are active beings, so join in their day-to-day activities and you’ll be getting all the exercise you need.  Play tag, blast music and dance, jump rope, or take a family bike ride. This way you get fun, family and fitness in one. 

Make it count 

When you do get to the gym, make it count so you have some leeway on the days you don’t get there. Do supersets, maximizing your time and muscle. Instead of resting between sets, rest the muscle group you’ve just trained while working another, before reversing again. So, work out your lower back, then rest it while you do your abs, then rest your abs while you do the next set of lower back, and so on.

Fitness fun for everyone 

Combining your work/social life with your fitness life can bring the ultimate payoff. Next time a friend suggests coffee, try a spinning class instead. Hold one-on-one meetings over a walk in the park, or turn company outings into bowling instead of drinks/dinner. Not only do you get exercise in, but making plans with other people also ensures you don’t skip out. If you tell your friend you’ll meet her at yoga, you’re accountable and more likely to actually go. As always, before starting any fitness routine, consult a doctor. When debating between healthy recipe options or possible new supplements, a nutritionist can be beneficial as well. It’s also a good idea to look over your health plan to see what types of health specialists are covered. 

If you need assistance in obtaining a new health plan or have questions about your existing policy, visit mhginsurance.com, or call MHG at 954-828-1819 and speak with one of our knowledgeable insurance representatives. MHG Insurance Brokers cares about its clients, and encourages everyone to eat healthy and exercise, no matter how busy their lives are.

Top 10 Health & Fitness Tips for Busy People!

Buying Health Insurance

With the Affordable Care Act in full effect for 2014, Americans now have more options when it comes to choosing a health insurance plan than ever before. This makes it critical to comparison shop for the plan that will best accommodate your family’s health care needs. While more choices are always welcome, the process of shopping around can be overwhelming and somewhat confusing, as there is a lot of information to take in and dissect. The following factors are important to consider when in the market for a new comprehensive health insurance plan: 

  • Under ACA, individuals and families are now able to get group like coverage. Group plans were generally more comprehensive, but now individual plans can be just as good. Before the ACA went into place, group plans offered health care that was less expensive, and was extended to employees with pre-existing health conditions. Now, having a medical condition is no longer an obstacle when purchasing health insurance. While these plans may be less expensive than other plans, it pays to compare the benefits of a group plan to plans you can purchase independently.
  • When comparison-shopping, be sure to check the network of providers in each plan. If maintaining the same physician is important to you, be sure to inquire with your physician’s practice to see what insurance plans they accept. Also, check to see if the prescription medications you are currently taking are included on each plan’s approved prescription drug list.
  • When considering the costs of each plan, remember that the lowest premium does not equal the cheapest plan. Other costs to the subscriber include the annual deductible, which is the amount you will have to pay out of pocket before your benefits kick in. There are also copayments, which are minimal out of pocket expenses that are due at the time of a doctor’s visit, and lastly, there are coinsurance amounts. Coinsurance is the amount that is usually expressed as a percentage and refers to the remaining balance owed for treatment after the deductible is paid. If the insurance company pays 80% of the balance due, then you will be responsible for the other remaining 20%.
  • Identify the benefits you must have. Although we cannot predict injuries or illness, we can look into our family’s history for some indicators. If your family has a history of heart disease or Diabetes, you may want to make sure that testing for these medical conditions, and receiving medications to treat them, are covered in the plan you select. If you want to start planning a family, you will want to make sure that the plan you choose has decent maternity coverage.
  • Don’t buy more insurance than you need. If you are young and healthy, it may benefit you to choose a plan with a higher deductible and lower premium, as it could potentially save you money each month.
MHG Insurance Brokers wants our clients to be fully informed before selecting a health care plan. Let MHG Insurance Brokers assist you with the application process, determining your health care needs, clarify any confusing terminology, and introduce you to the most comprehensive plans on the market today that will work with your budget. Visit MHG Insurance Brokers online at mhginsurance.com, or call and speak with an MHG insurance specialist today at 954-828-1819. Here’s to your good health!

Things You Must Know Before Buying Health Insurance

Vacation Health Insurance On Cruise Ship Leave Your vacation is just around the corner! As a Captain, Officer or Crewmember who has been working 12-14 hour days onboard for many months, you’re looking forward to your much deserved time off. Whether you’re heading home to relax and spend time with family and friends or are going off traveling, it’s important to keep your health in mind and purchase a vacation health insurance plan.

 

The Shoreside Health Insurance Plan, or SHIP, is an excellent solution for Captains, Officers and Crew who are looking for health insurance coverage while between contracts or on vacation. The opportunity to spend some time exploring foreign lands is priceless, but an accident such as a broken leg or motorcycle accident can quickly turn your dream vacation into a financial nightmare! 

SHIP is designed specifically for Captains, Officers and Crew working in the cruise industry and provides up to $500,000 in medical benefits for costs arising from an accident or an illness. Plans are surprisingly affordable, starting at just over $2 a day making vacation health insurance one of the smartest uses of your money! 

Coverage is available to all nationalities from 60 to 180 vacation days per year. Any unused days can be carried forward to your next sign off within the same policy year. Online enrollment is also simple and next day coverage is available, eliminating the danger of uncovered accidents as you wait for your policy to go into effect. 

SHIP also takes into account the outgoing and adventurous spirit that led you to a career traveling the world and offers an optional Adventure Sports Rider for the boldest adventurers. 

No matter where your vacation takes you, consider the cruise industry’s premier vacation health insurance policy to protect you during your next sign off period. Looking for a full-time international health insurance plan instead? Speak with an Insurance Specialist at MHG Insurance Brokers and we will help you identify the right solution for your particular circumstances. 

Additionally, MHG offers a full range of individual and group insurance plans  for marine professionals including marine crew insurance, disability income, life insurance and travel insurance among others. Whether you are setting off on an adventure-packed vacation, exploring or scuba diving with your shipboard friends, or are heading home to spend some quality time with your loved ones between contracts, an accident or illness can happen at any time and leave you facing medical expenses that could decimate your hard-earned savings. Be prepared with a vacation health insurance plan.

For more information about marine vacation health insurance and other marine insurance coverage, call us at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com .

Getting Vacation Health Insurance While On Leave from a Cruise Ship

Expat Insurance Quote Options

Expat Insurance Quote OptionsMoving to another country can be the exciting adventure of a lifetime. Whether you will be pursuing your studies during a semester abroad or relocating more permanently to further your career, it is imperative that you have a health insurance policy that provides coverage in the country where you will be residing. In certain cases, you may qualify for the national health plan of your host country, but the majority of travelers will need to obtain expatriate health insurance coverage. 


If this is your first time purchasing an international health insurance policy, the process can be a little confusing so we have provided these expat insurance quote options to help you on your way.

  1. Research the health insurance requirements of your destination country

    A number of countries will not let you relocate unless you have health insurance coverage in place, and some require specific coverage, such as medical evacuation coverage or repatriation of your remains if you should die. Research the requirements for your destination country well in advance of your move date so you have time to investigate various plans, obtain the necessary coverage, and submit any required documentation. Good places to start your research include your employer and your home country’s governmental department regulating international travel (U.S. citizens should consult the U.S. State Department).

  2. Consider your needs

    If your work or recreation plans include travel to other countries, your international health insurance plan will need to include coverage for those destinations as well. In most cases, the simplest option is to choose worldwide coverage, so you do not have to reapply each time you cross a border. You may want a plan that includes coverage in your home country as well; many expats prefer to return to their home country for serious operations and to give birth. If you intend to participate in sports or hazardous activities, you may need to purchase a rider on your policy to ensure any injuries are covered.

  3. Buy before you leave

    Medical underwriting for international policies is not instantaneous; it can take anywhere from several days to several weeks for approval. Make sure you begin the application process early, or you could arrive at your destination only to discover that your application for expatriate health insurance coverage has been declined.

  4. Read your policy carefully

    Reading the schedule of benefits, usually found on the first three to five pages of an expat policy, will give you a valuable overview of your coverage, deductibles, benefit limits, and any co-pays or co-insurance. It is just as important to read the limitations and exclusions, however; riders and additional coverage can be purchased for some excluded injuries, conditions, or activities, as long as you make provisions ahead of time.
Trying to find expatriate health insurance coverage on your own can be a daunting task. At MHG, many of us are expats ourselves, and we are well-acquainted with the needs of individuals living and working around the globe. Our Insurance Specialists have the experience, knowledge and access to multiple international insurance carriers to find you the most suitable plan based on your budget and future plans, whether you are looking for International Health Insurance, Expatriate Disability Income Insurance, or Life Insurance. At MHG Insurance Brokers, our commitment to your well-being does not end once you have purchased a plan; through our "Concierge Broker Service”, we will continue to assist you with questions about your policy and provide assistance throughout the claims process. 
  

Before you relocate to another country, call MHG Insurance Brokers at +1 954-828-1819 or +44 (0) 1624 678668 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help finding the expatriate insurance coverage you need!


Expat Insurance Quote Options

Life Insurance Myths

Life Insurance MythsTo help you make an informed decision, we present 6 common life insurance myths – along with the factual information that debunks these misconceptions. 


Myth #1: I am too young to need life insurance.

Even young, single individuals need life insurance to cover their financial obligations, such as personal debts, medical, and funeral bills; otherwise, a family member may be responsible for paying these expenses. You can lock in lower life insurance rates, begin preparing for the family you will someday have, and start building towards a financially secure retirement. Life insurance also gives young individuals the chance to make a significant financial contribution to their favorite charity or cause.

Myth #2: I am too old to need life insurance.

You may think there is no need for life insurance after you reach retirement age because your family is grown and you have sufficient funds to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Actually, purchasing life insurance after 60 provides a variety of potentially necessary benefits, allowing you to help protect your assets, clear any accumulated debts and tax burdens, and possibly leave a generous tax-free legacy for your loved ones or favorite charity while enjoying your retirement to the fullest.

Myth #3: Only the breadwinner needs life insurance.

Coverage for spouses who do not work outside of the home is often overlooked, but their loss causes considerable financial repercussions for the remaining family member. When you perform a needs-based cost-replacement analysis of the many services your homemaker partner provides, including childcare and chef duties, cleaning services, driver and more, the need to purchase life insurance coverage becomes clearer.

Myth #4: My employer-provided life insurance is all I need.

Employer-provided life insurance is temporary coverage that is only in force while you remain with your employer. No matter how secure your position seems, the instability of the modern workplace, where corporations are downsizing without notice, could leave you with no job and no life insurance coverage at any time. In addition, employer-provided life insurance is generally only for one to two times your annual salary, a significantly insufficient amount if you have a family that will rely on your life insurance for their well-being.

Myth #5: It is better to invest my money than purchase life insurance.

Given the volatility of the market, counting on investments to provide for the financial well being of your family in your absence is a risky proposition. Purchasing sufficient life insurance can allow you to cover the cost of clearing your debts, provide for your family’s well-being, and help ensure that they have the needed funds to live comfortably regardless of downswings in the financial market.

Myth #6: Life insurance is very expensive.

Life insurance plans are actually surprisingly affordable. According to a recent study reported by Forbes, 80% of respondents overestimated the cost of life insurance – often by hundreds of dollars. The experienced insurance specialists at MHG can assess your life insurance needs and put together an affordable life insurance package that combines term and whole life insurance policies to provide the coverage you need.

Contact MHG Insurance Brokers for more information about life insurance and other important insurance policies that are available by calling 954-828-1819, or visiting online at mhginsurance.com. Learn how you can protect your financial future and provide for the needs of your loved ones.

Life Insurance Myths

5 Signs You Need Life InsuranceThe need for life insurance is something to think about, especially during joyous life events. The thought of leaving our loved ones is a painful one, but with careful planning, we can at least help ensure that our family will have the physical comforts and financial security they deserve.   As we go through life, it can be tempting to focus on the joys of the events that change our lives in various stages.  This can result in  neglecting the long-term planning needs these changes may bring. 

 

How can you tell if your changing life stage signals a need to obtain or update your life insurance coverage? Look for these 5 signs you need life insurance: 

Graduating College –While life insurance may not seem like an urgent necessity at this point, it is the ideal time for you to purchase a policy. Your rates will never be lower, and obtaining life insurance now allows you to make affordable provisions for your future retirement while establishing protection for your future family members. 

Getting Married – You just pledged to love, cherish, and protect your loved one from harm all the days of your life; life insurance allows you to help fulfill that pledge even after you are gone. If something happens to you or your spouse, the survivor would face financial obligations on his or her own, with everything from daily living and funeral expenses to retirement funds now becoming the survivor’s sole responsibility. Life insurance provides help with everyday expenses as well as ensuring the surviving spouse can have a comfortable and secure future. 

Becoming a Parent – Having a child is a marvelous event that comes with a heavy dose of responsibility. A life insurance policy can help assure your bundle of joy can have the best life has to offer, even if you are not around to help in person. Life insurance benefits will help your spouse provide all the various needs of your child or children, such as food, clothing, and education, minimizing the risk of having to struggle or scrimp. 

Becoming a Homeowner – All too often, surviving spouses are forced to sell a beloved home after their husband or wife dies because they are unable to afford the mortgage payments on their own. When you put in place a life insurance policy that is large enough to cover your entire mortgage, you can give your spouse the peace of mind that comes from a secure living situation. 

Planning for Retirement – Purchasing life insurance can allow you to spend your hard-earned money enjoying your retirement, while still providing a lasting legacy for your loved ones. The current volatility of the market has left some seniors without the resources they thought they would have for their later years; a life insurance policy provides a safe haven that can help protect your assets and provide you with funds that may be used when you are ready for retirement. 

In addition to changing your life insurance needs, these pivotal life events also create a need for the protection of other insurance policies, such as health insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, and more. The dedicated experts at MHG Insurance Brokers will work with you to satisfy all your insurance needs, making certain that you and your loved ones have the coverage you need to be fully protected at every stage of your life. 

Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help in selecting life insurance and other coverage to ensure you and your loved ones have the protection you need at every stage of your life.

5 Signs You Need Life Insurance

Complete Insurance Solutions for Individuals, Families, and BusinessesMHG Insurance Brokers are known for being Marine Crew Insurance experts, specializing in insurance plans designed to meet the requirements of marine employers, captains, crew, contractors and concessionaires. But did you know MHG also provides insurance solutions for individuals, families, and businesses in the US? At MHG, we have the experience, expertise, and access to multiple insurance carriers to offer sound, independent advice as to which insurance providers and products are best suited to address the needs of individuals, business owners and employers. 

 

Employee Benefits/Individual Insurance Health Insurance / ACA Guidance – As an approved ACA insurance agency, MHG is able to answer your questions and help you find the perfect plan based on your particular requirements and budget. Speak with MHG’s Insurance Specialists about:

  • Employee Benefits - MHG will help you assemble a competitive employee benefits package, with a wide range of coverage options and benefits which can include Health, Dental, Long and Short-term Disability, Life and Gap insurance.

  • Individual Coverage – Finding the right insurance plan for you and your family can feel a little overwhelming. Not only are there so many options to choose from, but insurance has its own language and sorting through the terminology and key features on your own can be time consuming. Additionally, you may also be wondering if you are eligible to purchase insurance through the Affordable Care Act health exchanges.Let our Insurance Specialists help you find the right insurance plan for you and your family including Health, Life, Dental and Vision, Long-term Care, Supplemental Health, Medicare Plans and AFLAC coverage.
Business Insurance Today’s business owners need to know that there are several different types of insurance coverage available to protect their business as well as their personal assets. Call on MHG’s Insurance Specialists to help you with:

  • General Liability – Provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, advertising injury, and personal injury, including libel and slander; can also pay defense costs and settlements for any claims against you, even if fraudulent.

  • Commercial Property - Protects your businesses' assets and inventory against physical damage and loss of use due to theft, an accident, or other means.

  • Employment Practices Liability – Protects your business, its directors, officers, and employees against allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, emotional distress and wrongful termination among others.

  • Workers' Compensation – A mandatory type of insurance for businesses with four or more employees (one or more in the Construction industry), Workers’ Comp provides for your employees' medical expenses and some portion of their wages if they are injured on the job.

  • Commercial Auto – Covers any auto primarily used for business, paying for damages or medical expenses sustained by you or a third party involved in an accident; some policies include coverage for damages caused by a flood, fire or theft.

  • Professional Liability – Protects businesses that provide advice to clients, covering from claims made for negligence, failure to perform, and inaccurate advice.

  • Excess/Umbrella/Bumbershoot – For businesses that want complete protection from liability issues, Excess or Umbrella policies provide coverage above the limits of a General Liability policy, Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI), or Hired and Non-Owned Auto policy.

  • Specialty Lines – Insurance coverage for businesses with unusual or difficult risks, such as staffing companies, security guards (armed and unarmed), home health care or businesses with high losses, lapses in coverage or dangerous exposures.
Now that you are aware that MHG provides complete insurance solutions for individuals, families, and businesses as well as marine crew insurance policies, it is time to let the Insurance Specialists at MHG help you find and purchase the right insurance plans to meet your business and personal coverage needs. 

Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help in selecting the right business and personal insurance plans to meet your coverage requirements.

MHG Provides Complete Insurance Solutions for Individuals, Families, and Businesses

Tips for Selecting the Right Health insurance Plan for Your Small GroupChoosing a health insurance plan for your small group or company is a weighty responsibility. Whether you are purchasing benefits for the first time or already have a group benefit plan in place and are looking for a more affordable alternative, your number one priority is keeping your employees safe and healthy. Since the decisions you make can have a profound effect on the physical and financial well-being of your employees, your co-workers, and yourself, the Insurance Specialists at MHG Insurance Brokers have provided these five tips for selecting the right health insurance plan for your small group in hopes of making your task a little easier.

  1. Pick an insurance carrier that is widely accepted.

    Recently carriers have introduced limited networks that are accepted by very few providers. Protect your employees by staying away from plans with names that include words like “Select”.

  2. Include plans with various prices and benefit levels.

     Plans with higher deductibles have lower premiums, making them more affordable. Since your employees have different financial circumstances, be certain to include a plan that includes copays for physician visits, prescriptions, urgent care, and emergency room visits (if possible).

  3. Understand the difference between copays and coinsurance.

    Copays are a fixed dollar amount, while coinsurance is in the form of a percentage.

  4. Verify what each plan includes in the out of pocket maximum.

    For plans purchased from 2014 onward, the out of pocket maximum includes the deductible, copays, coinsurance, and prescriptions. Some of these may have been excluded in previous years and on current plans that were purchased prior to 2014.

  5. Make sure your employees understand HMOs, PPOs, and POS plans.

    These plans have similar benefits, but some distinct differences greatly affect coverage. The key differences are as follows:

    1. HMO plans require that the members use in network providers only.

      Generally less expensive than similar PPO or POS plans, HMOs require members to select a Primary Care Physician (PCP); before members can see a Specialist, they must get a referral from their PCP. In recent years, Open Access HMOs that do not require PCP selection or referrals have become more prevalent. HMO benefits are restricted to a particular geographic region.

    2. POS plans are HMO derivatives that include out of network benefits.

      POS plans resemble HMOs for in-network services; services received outside of the network are usually reimbursed based on a fee schedule, or what is considered to be reasonable and customary charges.

    3. PPO plans have in and out of network benefits.

      Referrals are never required with a PPO. Members have the option of seeing any doctor they choose, although benefits paid for visits to out of network doctors can be considerably lower.

    4. HSA (Health Savings Accounts) work with HDHP (High Deductible Health Plans) but generally do not pay benefits until the plan deductible is met.

      Once the deductible is met, members usually do not have copays for routine benefits like physicians’ visits, prescriptions, etc.
Selecting the right health insurance plan for your business is an important responsibility. The experienced insurance brokers at MHG will help you sort through the terminology and key features to determine the best group health insurance plan for your business, taking into account your employees’ circumstances, coverage requirements, and budgets. MHG Insurance Brokers offers a wide range of insurance coverage for businesses and individuals including disability insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, and more. 

Call MHG Insurance Brokers today at 954-828-1819 or visit us online at mhginsurance.com for help in selecting the ideal group health insurance policies for your business.

Tips for Selecting the Right Health insurance Plan for Your Small Group (US Life & Health)