Grand Rapids-based Priority Health, the second largest health plan in Michigan, has created a new option designed to help people who have lost their employer-based health benefits due to COVID-19. It combines a short-term plan to bridge coverage gaps with special enrollment in an individual Affordable Care Act plan.
Priority is also offering a deductible credit to all new individual members transitioning from an employer group plan.
“At this time, more than ever, it is crucial that every person in this country has health insurance,” says Joan Budden, president and CEO of Priority Health. “We have pushed ourselves to get creative with solutions to address this pandemic, and our new combination plan makes it possible that no one will have to go a day without health insurance.”
The new option helps anyone forced to make an unexpected change secure new coverage while allowing them to maintain progress they had already made against their deductible during the calendar year, even if the individual’s previous employer-sponsored plan was with another carrier. Priority Health offers ACA plans for as low as $0 per month for those who qualify for subsidies, and short-term plans that start at less than $100 per month. The company is also waiving enrollment screenings for the short-term plan for anyone who chooses the combination.
Priority Health is also offering Medicaid eligible Michigan residents a no-cost Priority Choice Healthy Michigan plan with coverage that starts immediately. The plan provides free transportation and coverage for doctor visits, preventive care, hospital stays, emergency services, maternity care, and prescription drugs.
More information can be found here or by calling (833) 514-1116.