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Old Oct 4th 2014, 10:46 am
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Looked into insurance - her work insurance is outrageously expensive. So is not an option really.


Where do i get insurance from the time I arrive up until I get work insurance through a job?

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Old Oct 4th 2014, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Duncym View Post
Looked into insurance - her work insurance is outrageously expensive. So is not an option really.


Where do i get insurance from the time I arrive up until I get work insurance through a job?

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How outrageous?

I was going to go through insubuy.com but our plans changed. They seemed quite reasonable/had good reviews.
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cignaglobal.com Advert on my screen on this page....

Normally, work insurance is subsidized by the employer, hence the term Benefit. It is likely the most cost effective option, once you are married.

In my case, it seemed expensive to add me to my wife's, but she had top of the range options to cover ongoing health issues. When I eventually got a job with insurance, it was cheaper for me to take mine on the lower options than stay on hers.

The 6 weeks between arrival and getting married, I was uninsured. It never crossed my mind till later, that it could have been a problem.
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Originally Posted by Duncym View Post
Looked into insurance - her work insurance is outrageously expensive. So is not an option really.

Where do i get insurance from the time I arrive up until I get work insurance through a job? .....
Outrageously expensive compared to what? There is a good argument to be made that US health insurance is inherently "outrageously expensive".

Considering the problems that immigrants face getting a job (because of no US job history, qualifications that aren't recognised, etc.), and specifically a "good" job, i.e. one with benefits, you may need coverage for several months after getting married, or even longer.

As a new immigrant you may be able to register for insurance through an "Affordable Healthcare Act" web site, either the one run by your state, or the federal portal, depending on which state you're moving to.

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cignaglobal.com Advert on my screen on this page....

Normally, work insurance is subsidized by the employer, hence the term Benefit. It is likely the most cost effective option, once you are married.

In my case, it seemed expensive to add me to my wife's, but she had top of the range options to cover ongoing health issues. When I eventually got a job with insurance, it was cheaper for me to take mine on the lower options than stay on hers.

The 6 weeks between arrival and getting married, I was uninsured. It never crossed my mind till later, that it could have been a problem.
I looked into it because our original plan had us uninsured for nearly 3 months, and I have a monkey of a 5 year old son who I could guarantee would end up in ER...

We'll only be uninsured for 2 weeks now so I'm going to wrap my son in bubble wrap for that period...
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Default Re: k1 visa insurance options??

Originally Posted by Duncym View Post
Looked into insurance - her work insurance is outrageously expensive. So is not an option really.


Where do i get insurance from the time I arrive up until I get work insurance through a job?

Duncan
Outrageously expensive compared to what? A few hundred dollars a month is quite normal for health insurance premiums these days. Even with your own company insurance expect to pay a couple of hundred for decent insurance.

You could try your State's Exchange for your own insurance - but don't expect to pay much less.

Rather pay for an expensive insurance than be without.
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Go to www.healthcare.gov being a new immigrant is a qualifying event. Premiums are based on age and smoking.
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Originally Posted by sir_eccles View Post
Go to www.healthcare.gov being a new immigrant is a qualifying event. Premiums are based on age and smoking.
You should use the state website if the state has one, the federal site is only a fallback provision for people in states that did not set up their own.
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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
You should use the state website if the state has one, the federal site is only a fallback provision for people in states that did not set up their own.
I believe the main site will direct you as required when you tell it what state you are in.
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Originally Posted by Duncym View Post
Looked into insurance - her work insurance is outrageously expensive. So is not an option really.
How much was it?

When I first moved to the US someone told me how much the premiums would be. I said 'Is that every six months?' They said 'No, that's every two weeks.'

It was still the cheapest option we could find that actually gave any meaningful coverage, so we took it.
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