Self Employed Health Insurance Guide

Self-employed health insurance is a type of individual health insurance plan for those who work for themselves. Self-employed health insurance coverage is more expensive than group health insurance, but you can still find affordable rates when you comparison shop online. Enter your ZIP code below to get free self-employed health insurance quotes from local companies near you.

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Natasha McLachlan is a writer who currently lives in Southern California. She is an alumna of California College of the Arts, where she obtained her B.A. in Writing and Literature. Her current work revolves around insurance guides and informational articles. She truly enjoys helping others learn more about everyday, practical matters through her work.

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Laura Walker graduated college with a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She married her husband and began working in the family insurance business in 2005. She became a licensed agent and wrote P&C business focusing on personal lines insurance for 10 years. Laura serviced existing business and wrote new business. She now uses her insurance background to help educate...

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UPDATED: Jul 16, 2021

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Health insurance is undergoing a dramatic reform that can affect anyone, even people who are self-employed and providing their own health insurance coverage.

Keeping up with the new laws can be confusing, but here are some basic points that may help you out in your search for affordable health insurance.

Health insurance isn’t free, but provisions are in place for those who cannot afford full price coverage. If your annual income is 400 times the federal poverty level income or less, you will be eligible for tax incentives that will help you get medical insurance coverage.

If you do not make enough to afford insurance even with that assistance, your only option may be to use government sponsored health insurance such as Medicaid insurance.

Health insurance companies will not be able to deny you coverage due to pre-existing conditions, even if you have been denied in the past. Under the Affordable Care Act, everyone is entitled to insurance, regardless of their documented health situation.

Similarly, if you have a child or other dependent who has been denied coverage, the new law will prevent insurance companies from denying
them, and you can keep your kids on your health insurance until they reach the age of 26, regardless of whether or not they are still enrolled in school.

Nobody is perfect and mistakes in your paperwork can happen. Because of this, health insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage or canceling existing insurance due to mistake in administrative or application paperwork.

Deliberately falsifying information can still cause you to lose your coverage, but you won’t have to lose sleep worrying about whether or not you wrote the correct date for when you had your appendix removed.

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