Consistent Short Term health insurance returns as ACA Open Enrollment begins

On October 12, 2017 President Donald Trump signed this Executive Order designed to restore consumer choice in the Short Term health insurance marketplace. Short Term health insurance is the only kind of non-ACA (Obamacare) qualified health insurance available in the individual marketplace. While both ACA-qualified health insurance and non-ACA qualified Short Term health insurance policies are considered major medical health insurance, or comprehensive health insurance and both cover major health events in your life, there are important differences between the two. ACA-qualified health plans are guaranteed issue, meaning you cannot be denied coverage based on preexisting conditions. ACA-qualified health insurance plans are also required to cover certain “Essential Health Benefits” that are not covered with non-ACA qualified Short Term health insurance plans. “Essential Health Benefits” that are not covered with Short Term health insurance policies are as follows:

1.) Maternity and newborn care
2.) Mental health and substance use disorder services
3.) ACA mandated Preventive care benefits, routine mammograms and cancer screens ARE COVERED with Consecutive Short Term health insurance policies.
4.) Pediatric Services (including both oral care and vision care).

On March 31, 2017 a preexisting Obama era regulation limited Short Term health insurance coverage to 91 days of policy ownership. This regulation exposed millions of Americans to new and unique risk factors. Prior to March 31, 2017, consumers could purchase Short Term health insurance policies that would last for the entire year without interruption. So, there was no risk of your policy ending in the middle of the year outside of the annual ACA open enrollment period. Those who developed new medical conditions during the first 91 days of Short Term policy ownership, faced the new risk of not being able to qualify for another Short Term policy when their first Short Term policy ended at the end of 91 days. Consumers placed into this difficult position would then be left uninsured and uninsurable in the individual marketplace until the next annual ACA open enrollment period began again when they could once again obtain coverage for preexisting conditions. President Trump’s executive order plans to rectify that situation as soon as the 60 day comment period expires. So, we should be able to once again purchase Short Term health insurance that provides consistent coverage for 365 days as early as January or February of 2018.

Until then, the health insurance industry has responded by creating “Consecutive” Short Term health insurance coverage that will be available for purchase as of 12/01/2017. With these new Short Term health insurance policies from National General Accident and Health you are guaranteed to be issued up to four Consecutive Short Term health insurance policies, each lasting 90 days. You answer health questions only for the first policy which lasts 91 days, then on day 92, National General guarantee issues you a second policy, 90 days later they gaurantee issue you a third policy and finally a fourth policy 90 days later all without evidence of further underwriting and without any new preexisting condition clause. So, you can now remain consistently insured for up to 360 days without answering any new health questions and without the fear of conditions developed during the first, second, third or fourth policies being excluded.

Click here to download the brochure for National General’s Consecutive Short Term health insurance. National General Consecutive Short Term health insurance policies use the Aetna Open Choice PPO network. This network includes access to Northwestern Memorial hospital, University of Chicago Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s hospital as well as many other hospitals and medical providers nationwide. Search Aetna’s Open Choice PPO network here. For quotes and to apply online for Consecutive Short Term health insurance policies from National General click their logo. Please note: You can only purchase Consecutive Short Term plans AFTER 12/01/2017.


Please note: Because U.S. Senate Republicans failed to repeal or even repair the PPACA (Obamacare) the fine for not having ACA-compliant health insurance is still law and still being enforced by the IRS. This being the case, you will be fined 2.5% of your AGI – Adjusted Gross Income – by the IRS for purchasing non-ACA compliant Short Term health insurance. 

National General Holding Corporation
 is a publicly traded company with $2.5 billion in annual revenue. Their new “Consecutive Guaranteed Issue” Short Term health insurance plans are underwritten by Time Insurance Company (est. in 1892), National Health Insurance Company (incorporated in 1965), Integon National Insurance Company (incorporated in 1987) and Integon Indemnity Corporation (incorporated in 1946). These four companies, together, are authorized to provide health insurance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Short Term health insurance for less than 91 days

If you need short term coverage for less than 91 days you can purchase coverage from United Healthcare which includes their Choice PPO network. To get quotes and apply click the link below.

2018 ACA (Obamacare) Open Enrollment begins on 11/1/2017 and ends on 12/15/2017

The 2018 PPACA (Obamacare) Open Enrollment period begins on November 1, 2017 and ends on December 15, 2017.  During this 45 day window, individuals and families can purchase guaranteed issue individual health insurance (with no preexisting condition exclusions). Coverage will not begin until January 1, 2018. Depending on your projected 2018 MAGI – Modified Adjusted Gross Income – you may qualify for one or more federal health insurance subsidies to lower your premium, deductible, coinsurance and copays. To learn the income levels necessary to qualify for health insurance subsidies scroll down this page. If you do not qualify for subsidies please click “Shop for unsubsidized plans OFF the exchange” below to purchase health insurance directly from the carrier of your choice Questions? Call (630) 674-1551. Out of state? Call toll free (866) 724-7123.

Buying on the exchange? If you do qualify for subsidies please click “Shop for subsidized plans ON the exchange” below. You will be able to pick a plan, get your subsidies and finish the entire process much faster than using alone. HealthSherpa speeds up the process.

unsubsidizedshopping                   subsidizedshopping

Determining your elibility for subsidies

Depending on what you expect your 2018 total household MAGI – Modified Adjusted Gross Income = (after deductions but before taxes) to be, you may qualify for a significant APTC – Advance Premium Tax Credit (federal subsidy) under the new health care law to lower your premiums. You may also qualify for a Cost Sharing subsidy to lower your deductible. If you believe your 2018 total household MAGI will be lower than:

$48,240 for an individual
$64,960 for a couple
$81,680 for a family of three
$98,400 for a family of four
$115,120 for a family of five
$131,840 for a family of six

you will be better off financially by shopping for a plan on the exchange (via in order to receive an Advance Premium Tax Credit and/or a Cost Sharing reduction to reduce the premium and deductibles of either the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Qualified Health Plans.

Buying on the exchange? If you qualify for a subsidy please click the link below. You will be able to pick a plan, get your subsidy and finish the entire process much faster than working solely with


Shopping from another state? Call us toll free at (866) 724 7123 or scroll down to get quotes from carriers in your state. 

Please note: If your income is lower than the 2018 Federal Poverty Level Information – 2018 FPL in your state, which is less than 138% of the FPL – Federal Poverty Level in states that expanded Medicaid and less than 100% of the FPL in states that did not.  You will be offered Medicaid will not be able to qualify for subsidized health insurance. You can purchase health insurance even if you qualify for Medicaid but you must do so without a subsidy. Click the chart below to determine the current Federal Poverty Level and percentages above it. 2018 Federal Poverty Levels will not be released until late January of 2018 so, the 2017 FPL chart must be used to determine 2018 subsidy eligibility.


Please also note: If you qualify for a federal health insurance subsidy and your state has expanded CHIP – Children’s Health Insurance Plan – under Medicaid you may not be able to insure your children on your policy. will instead send them to Medicaid. You may wish at that juncture to purchase private health insurance at full price for your children instead.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s