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Old 10-02-2007, 01:26 PM   #1
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HSA United HealthCare


We have been using COBRA via United HealthCare for the past 12 months. Need to get permanent coverage.

Is there any benefit/liability going directly to United HealthCare for an HSA policy?

In the year we have been covered, I haven't needed a doctor or visit to a hospital? Does this give them a warm fuzzy feeling that I am in good health. I would guess it would..

DW did have a shot in the knee due to som inflamation but with HSA that might not matter.

I am a bit concerned about going thru a broker on the open market and from what I have read, United is fairly priced and has decent coverage.

I am in SC.

Any advice, words of wisdom.



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Old 10-02-2007, 01:49 PM   #2
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Most likely you'll still need to be fully re-rated even with the same insurer.

I don't personally know of any health insurer which won't treat you as a "new customer" when it comes to moving from group to individual coverage. I don't think any amount of "good claims history" with them (to use a term from auto/home insurance) will convince them to reduce your "burden of proof" with respect to good health. If it did, the laws of adverse selection would indicate that more of the sick would stay with them after losing group coverage and the healthy would look elsewhere.

"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
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Old 10-05-2007, 02:28 PM   #3
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I would choose if you wanted United Healthcare. Golden Rule is a part of United Healthcare. Buying through Golden Rule should make your plan more transportable to other states, as they have contracts with the other United Healthcare firms. (It appears that the may have fixed the integration problems. However, I would start my application at Golden Rule to be on the safe side)

I have been dealing with a broker and have been happy. I do not see a downside with dealing with a good broker. Of course, I did talk with one broker that had no clue.


PS I would indicate on the application that I was getting my own HSA account.

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