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Let’s face it, a hospital visit and medication aren’t cheap. Without health insurance coverage, you could end up paying off medical bills for the rest of your life. Whether you or your family faces an emergency or a prolonged illness, health insurance provides coverage for medical service in Texas.

Hettler Insurance Agency is licensed to sell and consult on health insurance in Lubbock and can help find an affordable healthcare plan that’s right for you.

Types of Health Insurance Policies for Texans in 2017

The health insurance marketplace is now open, until January 31st. All health insurance plans must be purchased before 1/31/2017, unless your family qualifies for a special enrollment period.

Despite a Trump presidency, the Affordable Care Act is still the law. At the earliest, Congress will repeal and replace the ACA, affecting 2018 coverage. If you buy health insurance, you will have coverage through 2017. There is also still a tax penalty which could be $695 to $2,085 for not having health insurance in 2017. Choose from the following: health insurance marketplace, private health insurance or employer-based health coverage.

Government Health Insurance (ACA)

The Affordable Care Act is likely to change, but not until 2018.

At Hettler Insurance, we can help with choosing a plan on the government marketplace, healthcare.gov. If Trumpcare replaces Obamacare, we can help with that too.

Private Health Insurance

There are many reasons to purchase private health coverage – your family doesn’t qualify for a government subsidized plan or you want better coverage or benefits, such as an HSA (health savings account).

Hettler sells Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and FirstCare Health Insurance. Why buy a policy through us? We can help you navigate plans from multiple insurers and work with you to deliver lower deductibles and better coverage.

Employer Health Insurance

Hettler works with employers of all sizes to provide affordable group health insurance plans that meet federal requirements and employee expectations. We sell plans from UnitedHealthcare, Humana, Blue Cross, and Firstcare.

For individuals, we can assist during a job change and evaluate employer plans and private insurance options.

Consumer Directed & Managed Care Plans

A consumer-directed health plan (a.k.a. “consumer-driven” or “consumer choice”) is designed to give you more control. As part of the plan, you setup a health savings account (HSA) that can be used to cover medical expenses or help pay for a high deductible. This type of healthcare is getting the spotlight as Republicans aim to repeal and replace the ACA with a larger focus on health savings accounts.

Members of managed care health plans generally enjoy more benefits like lower out-of-pocket costs. However, you can only receive treatment from physicians that participate in the managed care network. Typical managed care plans include health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPO), and point-of service (POS) plans.

Common Health Insurance Terms

When discussing health insurance with a Hettler Insurance Agency agent, it helps to understand some of the most common health insurance terms.

Deductible: The amount of money you pay toward medical bills before your insurance coverage begins.
Co-pay: A specified amount of money you pay upfront for doctor visits and prescription refills.
Coinsurance: The percentage of medical bills you pay after meeting the deductible.
Open Enrollment: The window of time major health insurance plans can be purchased.
Health Insurance Mandate: The tax penalty delivered by the IRS for individuals that do not have qualifying health insurance coverage.

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Hettler Insurance Agency
Ron Hettler

4432 S Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79414

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