Benefits That Counted When I Least Expected



By: Bill Bayonne, NJ

Contributing: Jen Taylor, TX

I have had access to benefits through my employers for the first 10 years of my career. I have always participated in health, dental and life offered by my employer. My family has been blessed with good health. I decided after years of working for a company to be my own boss. I was always successful and saw an opportunity to more than triple my income and wanted to take advantage.

I was very excited about this opportunity and was focused on building my business and worked tirelessly to make my company successful. I participated in my ex-employer’s plan through COBRA. All was going well; I had started my business and it was doing better than I even expected and felt like I was on top of the world. The benefits I was utilizing through my ex-employer expired, so I went to the marketplace in search of something comparable. I am a college educated accountant and have always had health insurance. I was confident I could make a good decision for my family.

The prices were much more than I thought, and the benefits were confusing. The “best” plan I could find was over $1,000 a month more and ALL my benefits went through the deductible, how is this the best. There was a $600 deductible before my office visit were even covered! I could not find a dental plan or vision plan, but at least my family would have the best health coverage available… or so I thought.

We were on a family vacation in Florida and my 15-year-old son slipped and fell running around the pool. He injured his arm and I wanted to take him to get it examined. I checked with the doctor and they were in network with my insurance carrier. We had the appointment and it turns out, my son broke his arm. After the x rays and cast, I was expecting a decent bill, but was thankful I had the best coverage I could find. I received a bill from the doctor showing that my insurance did not cover ANY of the charges. I was outraged and called the insurance company. It turns out that I did not have the full network of doctors only a small “sub network” of doctors in my state only.

A few months later my professional trade association announced they were now offering benefits. I was skeptical but very interested. I reviewed the options on their website and made an appointment with one of their benefits specialists. I was blown away! I was able to buy a national PPO with the full network of doctors, a dental, vision and was even educated on additional coverages to protect out of pocket costs. I finally had the benefits I needed for my family. I am thankful to my association, Meridio, and BenAdvance for helping me protect my family with the coverages I am used to.


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