Valentine's Day is here and love is in the air. As flowers are being delivered and cards sent, Kipper Insurance Agency would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Valentine's Day!
Times like these, when we cherish and think of our loved ones, is a perfect opportunity to tune into our health. Have you been proactive and practicing healthy habits? It's important to monitor your personal health day in and out. After all, your health not only affects you, but the people around you.
That's why we recommend the best health insurance plans around. Whether you visit the doctor once a year or once a week, we have the perfect plan customized for your specific needs.
Curious what kind of health insurance plans are out there?
There are essentially two kinds of heath insurance: Fee-for-Service and Managed Care. Although these plans differ, they both cover an array of medical, surgical and hospital expenses. Most cover prescription drugs and some also offer dental coverage.
What is 'long-term care'?
These plans generally assume that the medical professional will be paid a fee for each service provided to the patient. Patients are seen by a doctor of their choice and the claim is filed by either the medical provider or the patient.
- Managed Care
More than half of all Americans have some kind of managed-care plan1. Various plans work differently and can include: health maintenance organizations (HM0s), preferred provider organizations (PPOs) and point-of-service (POS) plans. These plans provide comprehensive health services to their members and offer financial incentives to patients who use the providers in the plan.
Because of old age, mental or physical illness, or injury, some people find themselves in need of help with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting or continence, and/or transferring (e.g., getting out of a chair or out of bed). These six actions are called Activities of Daily Living–sometimes referred to as ADLs. In general, if you can’t do two or more of these activities, or if you have a cognitive impairment, you are said to need “long-term care.”
Long-term care isn’t a very helpful name for this type of situation because, for one thing, it might not last for a long time. Some people who need ADL services might need them only for a few months or less.
Many people think that long-term care is provided exclusively in a nursing home. It can be, but it can also be provided in an adult day care center, an assisted living facility, or at home.