The Comprehensive Health Insurance Resources List

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Written by: Alice Stevens | Best Company Editorial Team

Last Updated: July 1st, 2020

Maybe you just finished college and are navigating health insurance for the first time.

Maybe you're buying your own coverage as a student.

Maybe you just lost your employer-provided health insurance.

Whether you just need a health insurance refresher or you are just getting your feet wet, I've collected the best resources the internet has to offer on the following topics:

I'll continue to update and add new resources to this page. If you think there's a resource missing, let me know.

Health insurance and COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 has changed the everyday life of most Americans. Local, state, and federal governments have made changes to address this crisis. These changes have affected health insurance and health care.

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Understanding health insurance

Health insurance has its own language, terms, and definitions. The jargon can make choosing a plan and understanding medical bills difficult. Luckily, many websites have put together resources to explain terms and how insurance works.

Terms to know

How health insurance works

Medical bills

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Types of health plans

Another reason it's easy to be overwhelmed by health insurance is the many types of plans available. Below are the top resources on health plans created for specific demographics. Plans within the categories listed below can also vary by type of network and cost-sharing structure.

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Marketplace (ACA, on-exchange) plans

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Private insurance (off-exchange) plans

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HSAs, FSAs, HRAs

HSAs (Health Savings Accounts)

FSAs (Flexible Spending Accounts)

HRAs (Health Reimbursement Arrangements)

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Medicaid and CHIP

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Medicare

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Student health insurance

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Catastrophic plans

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COBRA

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Short term plans

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Enrolling in health insurance

To enroll in health insurance, you need to pick a health plan. If you want a health plan that offers comprehensive coverage, you'll also need to understand enrollment periods. Outside of enrollment periods, you cannot buy comprehensive health plans.

Health plan evaluation

Open enrollment

Special enrollment periods

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Finding affordable health care

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FAQs

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Small businesses owners

The Top Health Insurance Companies

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