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HealthInsurance.com recently launched a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults to check in on a number of topics including at-home health, working remotely, and current views on the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s take a look at some of the survey highlights. Latest On Coronavirus Consumer Sentiment Top takeaway: Declining beliefs in COVID-19 vaccines and treatment. Back in May 2020, 64% of our survey respondents felt that a COVID-19 vaccine should be required. Now that we have vaccine options here in the U.S., 49% are feeling that the vaccine should be required, signaling a 23% decrease in belief. Adding to that: In May 2020, 45% thought that there will be a cure for COVID-19. Today, just 21% feel that there will be a cure - a significant decrease of 53%. Other highlights: 64% think that COVID-19 restrictions, like masks and social distancing, are still necessary 54% say COVID-19 has changed the way they look at healthcare. 51% feel the worst of the pandemic is over. A Look at Consumer Health During the Pandemic Top takeaway: A rise in unhealthy behaviors during COVID-19. While some people see the pandemic as an opportunity for embracing health habits and self-care, others feel that it’s taken its toll. In fact, 49% have not resumed normal life, which gives them more time for mindless snacking and binge drinking. Our survey indicates that 55% of our respondents have gained weight during the pandemic, with ages 18-34 being impacted the most. Additionally, 31% of respondents of all ages admit that they are consuming more alcohol than usual, which marks a 29% increase in drinking since our May 2020 survey. Ages 35-44 represented the majority of the growth in alcohol consumption. Meanwhile, seniors on Medicare are practicing healthy habits at home: 43% of our survey participants know someone on Medicare who has used telemedicine during the pandemic. Monitoring Work-At-Home Moods Top takeaway: Continued challenges when working from home. Last year, Americans had to adjust to working remotely in the wake of the pandemic. Our latest survey indicates that 36% of our respondents are still working at home. Now that we’re a bit more settled: 34% are still struggling to work full time while caring for their children. 28% are feeling more stressed working at home. (But there’s a silver lining to this finding: A 24% decrease in stress since our May 2020 survey). It’s also worth noting that 45% of our respondents plan to take a summer vacation despite the freedom of working remotely. Survey Resources View our full survey results. View a snapshot of our survey results. View our May 2020 vs. May 2021 survey results. Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from May 6, 2021 to May 10, 2021. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. More Healthinsurance.com Surveys April 2021: April 2021 Survey: Healthcare Habits And COVID-19 Vaccine Views March 2021: Coronavirus Anniversary Survey: One Year Later February 2021: Coronavirus Survey Findings: Coronavirus Vaccines & Prevention Amidst Pandemic Fatigue January 2021 (Part 1): January Survey: A Look At 2021 & Healthcare Habits During COVID-19 January 2021 (Part 2): Consumer Survey: The 2021 Super Bowl & Coronavirus Concerns December 2020: December Survey: Latest Coronavirus Impacts & Findings November 2020: The 2021 Open Enrollment Periods, Health Insurance & The Holidays October 2020: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More
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Now that we've passed the Coronavirus one year anniversary, we surveyed 1,000 American adults to gain new insights into topics like pandemic life, the COVID-19 vaccine, and telemedicine during our April 2021 survey. And dealing with “life in the new normal” still persists. Let's walk through some news coverage highlights. April Survey: Updates on Pandemic Life With COVID-19 cases rising in many parts of the country, it looks like “pandemic life” is here to stay - at least for now. In fact, 56% of our April survey participants feel like COVID-19 will never go away. And this has spawned some fears among our respondents. For example, 62% said they’re afraid to cough or sneeze in public despite not having COVID-19. What’s also interesting is that 9 in 10 of our survey respondents said they’ll miss certain things about pandemic life, such as being able to spend more time at home with family. This percentage is a massive jump from the 4 in 10 respondents who shared the same sentiment in our March 2021 survey. News Spotlight: Latest Insights On The COVID-19 Vaccine COVID-19 Vaccine Fears Unfortunately, coughing and sneezing in public aren’t the only fears among our survey participants. Among the 24% of participants who don’t plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, more than half say it’s because they’re afraid - a finding that was also covered by LifeHealth.com. So we dug deeper to find out why our respondents are afraid of getting vaccinated. And we ncovered some interesting results. According to LiveTradingNews.com, which featured our survey: 50% of our respondents say they’re afraid of the side effects. 20% say it’s because of how fast the vaccine was created. Vaccine Passports Another standout topic that’s making headlines is vaccine passports. According to Amsterdam News, which covered our survey, roughly 6 in 10 respondents are in favor of some kind of vaccine passport. Updates On Health Insurance & Telemedicine Health Insurance & The Cost Of Care Amidst all the fear surrounding the pandemic, one piece of good news is that 94% of our April 2021 survey respondents have some kind of health insurance. This indicates a 4% increase compared to our April 2020 survey. But despite how more of our respondents have health insurance, more than 40% said they would think twice about seeking care for COVID-19 due to costs - a finding that was also featured in this Newsmax article. Telemedicine Insights When it comes to insurance carriers sending their members information about telemedicine, we discovered that nearly 60% of our survey participants received these communications. This reflects a whopping 111% increase from April 2020. It’s no wonder why half of our survey respondents this month reported using virtual doctors during COVID-19. Plus, three-quarters say they will continue to use telemedicine even after the pandemic is over. More Coronavirus Surveys Press Release: Survey: 56% Say COVID-19 Is Never Going Away April 2021 Survey: Healthcare Habits And COVID-19 Vaccine Views March 2021 Survey: Coronavirus Anniversary Survey: One Year Later February 2021 Survey: Coronavirus Vaccines & Prevention Amidst Pandemic Fatigue January 2021 Survey: A Look At 2021 & Healthcare Habits During COVID-19 December 2020 Survey: Latest Coronavirus Impacts & Findings November 2020 Survey: The 2021 Open Enrollment Periods, Health Insurance & The Holidays October 2020 Survey: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020 Survey: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election, And More August 2020 Survey: Multigenerational Perspectives On COVID-19 July 2020 Survey #1: COVID-19 Political, Healthcare, Economic, Social, and Workplace Landscapes July 2020 Survey #2: Medicare-Eligible Seniors: Technology, COVID-19, The 2020 Election, and More June 2020 Survey: COVID-19 Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020 Survey: Coronavirus Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020 Survey: Coronavirus Economic Impacts March 2020 Survey: Telemedicine Use During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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Here we are - more than a year after the Coronavirus hit the United States. And a real fear that COVID-19 will never go away still remains. At least that’s how 56% of our latest survey respondents feel. Our April 2021 survey covered a range of topics, including health and life insurance, telemedicine, and finances. But one major theme that emerged from the survey is how American adults are feeling about life in the new normal. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights. Health & Life Insurance Utilization Amidst COVID-19 If anything, the Coronavirus pandemic has caused people to value their health and wellness. So it’s no wonder why our respondents are taking precautions to ensure they’re protected now and in the future through health insurance coverage and life insurance policies. Our survey indicates that: 94% have some kind of health insurance, a 4% increase since our April 2020 survey covering COVID-19 economic impacts. 54% know their health insurance options if they were to lose their coverage. 20% added more coverage to their life insurance policy because of COVID-19 18% purchased a life insurance policy because of COVID-19. Continued Medical Expense Concerns Though our respondents are putting their health front and center, they’re still concerned about healthcare costs. Two findings that stood out to us: 49% would think twice about seeking medical care because of cost; up 7% since April 2020. 46% don’t have enough money saved to cover medical costs should they come down with an illness like COVID-19. Telemedicine: An Evolving Alternative To In-Person Care Healthcare providers, insurance companies and consumers alike are turning to telehealth services now more than ever. And the proof is in our survey results: 59% have received information about telemedicine from their insurance carrier, signifying a 111% increase since our April 2020 survey. Adding to that: 50% of our respondents have used telemedicine services during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 75% will continue to use them post-pandemic. The Latest On Pandemic Life Our March 2021 Coronavirus Anniversary Survey: One Year Later revealed that 39% of our respondents said they will miss certain aspects of pandemic life. Interestingly enough, many more of our survey participants admitted the same thing in our April survey: try 91% now saying they will miss some aspect of pandemic life - quite the increase. In terms of pandemic life at home, 49% will miss all of the family time once life gets back to normal. Meanwhile, 62% are afraid to cough or sneeze out in public even though they don’t have COVID-19. And 67% feel that it’s too soon to drop mask mandates. COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism On April 12, the CDC paused the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to reported cases of blod clotting after receiving the vaccine. And this news may cause more reluctance to get the coronavirus vaccine. Though 46% have already received the COVID-19 vaccine (through any of the current manufacturers), 11% still aren’t sure if they’ll get the vaccine. Of this 11% who are unsure: 59% say it’s because they’re simply afraid to get the vaccine. 50% say it’s because of the side effects. 28% say it’s because of how fast it was created Vaccine passports are also continuing to make headlines, so we asked our participants to weigh in with their thoughts. 59% are in favor of a “vaccine passport.” 33% oppose a “vaccine passport.” Deeper Dive: Full Survey Results View a snapshot of our survey results. View the full survey results. Our Survey Methodology The above survey results were gathered through a national survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from April 11, 2021 to April 13, 2021. Certain quotas were applied to the overall sample and lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population. More Healthinsurance.com Surveys March 2021: Coronavirus Anniversary Survey: One Year Later February 2021: Coronavirus Survey Findings: Coronavirus Vaccines & Prevention Amidst Pandemic Fatigue January 2021 (Part 1): January Survey: A Look At 2021 & Healthcare Habits During COVID-19 January 2021 (Part 2): Consumer Survey: The 2021 Super Bowl & Coronavirus Concerns December 2020: December Survey: Latest Coronavirus Impacts & Findings November 2020: The 2021 Open Enrollment Periods, Health Insurance & The Holidays October 2020: Medicare Survey Gathers Insights on Medical Costs, Technology & More September 2020: U.S. Healthcare, 2020 Election and More August 2020: Multigenerational Perspectives on COVID-19 July 2020: Medicare Eligible Seniors Survey Findings: Technology, COVID-19, the 2020 Election and More June 2020: Healthcare Technology, Self-Care and More May 2020: Testing, Mental Health, and More April 2020: Economic Impacts and Health Insurance Trends March 2020: Telemedicine Usage During COVID-19
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This is a federal health insurance program primarily for individuals age 65 or older, younger people with disabilities, and for people with End Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure). There are four parts to Medicare - Parts A, B, C and Part D. Part A is for hospital coverage. Part B is for outpatient medical coverage (like doctor office visits). Part C is a Medicare Advantage Plan, and Part D is prescription drug coverage. Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) are accessible through private insurance companies and must offer the same benefits as Parts A and B of Original Medicare, but the rules are different along with costs and restrictions. They also include more benefits, such as vision, dental, hearing, and health/wellness plans. Another add-on value to Medicare coverage is the purchase of a Medicare supplement or “Medigap” plan that fills the “gaps” in insurance that Medicare doesn’t cover (like a deductible).

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Obamacare plans are major medical insurance plans that have the ten essential health benefits required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).. These plans can be purchased on the federal marketplace or through your state exchange during the annual open enrollment period that runs November 1 - December 15 or during a special enrollment period if you have a qualifying life event that leaves you uninsured. ACA plans are an excellent option for those seeking a plan that includes maternity and mental health benefits, individuals who could qualify for a financial subsidy to reduce the cost of their health insurance, or for those who have a pre-existing condition. Not sure if you qualify? Get a free quote right now.

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Dental insurance for many people is part of their employee benefits package. However, if you don’t have access to employee benefits or missed your employer’s annual open enrollment period, purchasing an individual dental insurance plan can help you maintain good dental hygiene while helping you avoid expensive dental costs Dental coverage can include basic cleanings up to major services. See if dental insurance is right for you!

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Hospital Indemnity Insurance

Hospital indemnity insurance are supplemental health insurance services that pay a fixed dollar amount for commonly used medical services, including hospital and doctor office benefits. If you experience a covered medical event, such as a hospital stay, then a hospital indemnity pays a set fee in cash directly to you or the hospital designated by you. More than just hospital insurance, our products can also include supplemental indemnity payments for a critical illness diagnosis or unexpected accidents. Hospital indemnity insurance is not considered an ACA-qualified plan, but it can be used as a supplement to a major medical ACA plan to help cover a deductible or out-of-pocket expenses.

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Short Term Medical Health Insurance

A short-term health plan is temporary health insurance that can be purchased for as little as 30-days up or for up to 364-days to fill an immediate uninsured need.. Plans use the same terminology as major medical insurance, like deductible, coinsurance and copays, but since it is for temporary needs, it does not cover all of the same health benefits that an ACA health plan would, like maternity or substance abuse. The coverage is primarily for unexpected accidents and illnesses that could occur while an individual is waiting to join a permanent major medical plan, which keeps costs lower.

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Telemedicine is two-way communication platform between a medical professional and a patient, typically through a smartphone or computer. During the conversation, a U.S. board-certified doctor or nurse can diagnose and prescribe medication for an illness in minutes. From the comfort of your home, you can visit with a medical professional 24/7 for most conditions they would typically diagnose in an Urgent Care clinic, saving you both time and money. Find out if telemedicine services are the right fit for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The required essential benefits are designed to ensure everyone in the individual and small employer group major medical health insurance markets has comprehensive coverage for specific services in accordance with ACA guidelines. These benefits are:

  • Outpatient services (e.g. office visits)
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ACA health insurance is the federally mandated health insurance law of the land, also known as Obamacare. It governs individual and family plans and requires ten minimum essential benefits. Anyone can apply, and those that are under the 400% poverty line can receive a financial subsidy to curb the cost of their health insurance. Enrollment is available November 1-December 15 in most states. If you have a life situation that leaves you uninsured, you might be eligible for the special enrollment period to get coverage.

Short term medical insurance is not ACA insurance. It is temporary insurance for those who need immediate coverage. Like ACA insurance, Short term health insurance includes benefits such as hospital, lab and x-rays, but it does not include all ten of the minimum essential benefits and it does not cover pre-existing conditions.

Many individuals apply for both Medicare Part A and Part B so they have doctor coverage and hospital coverage. However, if you are interested in additional benefit structure and pricing, check out Medicare Advantage Plans, which is known as Part C to see if it fits for your life situation. Medicare Part C includes Part A and B benefits, but is offered through a private health insurance company instead of the federal government and may offer additional benefits and may have some other varying differences. If you take prescription drugs, it’s smart to look into Part D, which is the prescription drug benefit of Medicare.

Indemnity insurance such as a health benefit indemnity (a hospital indemnity often combined with other supplemental insurance services) is not major medical insurance Instead, it provides a cash payment directly to you (or to the provider you identify) when you experience a covered event, like unexpected hospitalization. You can choose how to use your benefit dollars and it helps defray the cost of medical expenses, both the expected like co-pays and deductibles, and the unexpected, like lost wages. Indemnity plans help protect you financially.

Dental insurance is an added benefit that is not covered by your health insurance plan. Cleanings, crowns or root canals are not covered by your health insurance plan. But dental insurance will help ease the cost of these types of medical expenses. However, unless you have employer group health insurance, dental insurance is not available unless you purchase coverage on your own. It’s a good idea to determine what kind of coverage you might need for you and your family.

Telemedicine is low-cost access to U.S. board-certified doctors who can treat symptoms and prescribe medications over the phone or through video chat, just like a visit to Urgent Care. Unlike the doctor's office, you get a personal visit from the comfort of your home 24/7, even on holidays! If you have a high deductible or don't have a doctor's office copay option on your health plan, telemedicine is much more affordable than paying out-of-pocket for a doctor's office visit that takes you away from work or home.

Health insurance can help protect you financially from the medical bills - like an accident or illness diagnosis you were not expecting. Paying for medical care out of pocket 100% can get extremely expensive. Surgical treatment for a broken arm averages $16,000. But with health insurance coverage, you will be able to manage your expenses. Not only does health insurance help you access providers like hospitals and doctors, it helps cover your expenses. Depending on your plan, you may have to meet a deductible and pay a co-pay amount for doctor’s visits, but insurance can cover a significant portion of your insurance bills. For example, the average ACA bronze level plan deductible is $5,900, but there is no lifetime max (e.g. an amount beyond which, insurance doesn’t have to pay). You can secure lower deductibles with higher level ACA plans (silver, gold, platinum) and with Short term health insurance. Short term life insurance plans do have a lifetime maximum, so if choosing a short term plan, check the amount. Often, for a few extra dollars, you can secure a lifetime maximum of $500,000 or more.

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