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Blue Cross Blue Shield Short Term Health Insurance

IHC short term health partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield


UPDATE:  California banned all short term health insurance plans eff 9/1/2018.

In California we now only have AlieraCare health sharing InterimCare plans.

You can quote AlieraCare short term plans here.


Learn about AlieraCare plans for short term health here.


Notes on AlieraCare InterimCare plans:

  • Coverage can start midnight following enrollment
  • We can cancel month to month with blocks of coverage up to 11 months
  • AlieraCare is now the only short term plan in California as short term health insurance plans have been banned eff 9/1/2018.
  • The rates quoted are the best available on the market
  • Short term works best for injury/illness but does not cover pre-x conditions
  • AlieraCare does not decline based on health
  • There is no cost for our services!


Quote and online application available here:


health sharing for short term plans in California


Information below is for States that still have short term health carrier options.


It should be the perfect match.

Short term health insurance is very popular now due to open enrollment restrictions.

Blue Shield of California is now 2nd in market share for California coverage.

Anthem Blue Cross is 3rd.

How do we get short term health insurance through Blue Cross or Blue Shield of California?

They both used to offer such a plan.

And they were very popular.

First, Anthem Blue Cross pulled their short term plan.

Then, Blue Shield pulled their short term health plan from the market but we do have a workaround.



Most importantly, while other carriers have left the short term market or re-filed their plans to meet new requirements, this IHC plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield WAS the only legitimate temporary health plan available.


You can quickly quote and enroll in this here:


Quote short term health with blue cross blue shield partner


How to get Blue Cross Blue Shield Partnership with short term health coverage

IHC has basically partnered with the nationwide MultiPlan network to give you access to over 900,000 providers nationwide.


Most importantly, this is a full network...not the Covered California narrow network (about 1/3rd smaller).


A quick explanation of how this works.


Blue Cross Blue Shield Partnership


In California, Anthem Blue Cross and and Blue Shield of California are two separate carriers.




Nationwide, they are Blue Cross Blue Shield.  You'll see this designation when you quote the Short Term.


IHC partners with BCBS (Anthem Blue Cross in California) to market the short term. 


The policy uses the MultiPlan network which is a nationwide network with more than 900,000 providers contracted. 


We've had a good result with clients who used the network to date


This is great news since some of the other short term carriers offer pretty questionable networks.


The whole point if we have an injury or illness during interim periods is to have access to great doctors.


We've got that with the IHC/BCBS relationship.


Let's look at some basic aspects of how short term works.

Quick Landscape of Short term health plans


Here are some basic bullet points for short term coverage:


  1. Coverage can start midnight following enrollment
  2. We can cancel month to month with blocks of coverage up to 3 months (just email written request to cancel to me prior to end of month)
  3. IHC WAS the main short term carrier in California as the other carriers have to re-file to meet 3 month changes.  We now have AlieraCare InterimCare health sharing plans here.
  4. The rates quoted are the best available on the market
  5. Short term works best for injury/illness but does not cover pre-x conditions and is medically underwritten (although simplified issue)
  6. You may still have a penalty for not having ACA coverage (if enforced) with short term plans
  7. There is no cost for our services!

It's really designed for short periods of time (up to 3 months) to protect against the big what if.


For example, if you need short term health coverage between jobs.

For this reason, it's very popular these days.


Here are common situations where short term works well:


  1. Waiting periods for new coverage to start
  2. Getting to Open Enrollment or Special Enrollment trigger
  3. Can't afford ACA health plans
  4. Interim periods of travel
  5. Situations where you need to show proof of coverage quickly


IHC California short term plans with Blue Cross Blue Shield sponsorship addressed all these issues.


Let's understand how to shop and compare the plans.


Quote and Compare short term health plans with Blue Shield networks

First of all, short term is really geared for catastrophic type coverage.


It's not really made for first dollar coverage such as preventative and RX.

It handles the torn ACL or car accident really well.


You'll notice two things when shopping your Blue Cross Blue Shield partnered short term plans through IHC.


Plan break down


There are three major components to the plans.

  1. Deductible
  2. Coinsurance between deductible and out of pocket max
  3. Out of Pocket Max


These three items affect the pricing along with your area and age.


Let's look at each.




This is an amount you will have to pay first before the plan starts to help.


Let's take an example.

We have a $2500 deductible.

This means you'll pay the negotiated PPO rates until you meet that deductible before getting help.

Being in-network (using PPO providers) can save you considerably even before you meet this number however.




Once you meet your short term plan deductible, you then start paying a percentage of the costs.


For example, let's say we have our $2500 deductible above and a 50% coinsurance.


We have a $3000 bill.


We'll first pay the $2500 deductible. We'll then pay 50% of the remaining $500 or $250.


Total exposure is $2750 (That's the $2500 deductible plus the $250 in co-insurance)


We get these benefits when we stay within the network of doctors and hospitals for covered benefits.


You'll receive an ID card with the link to search for participation MultiPlan doctors with your short term plan approval.

Max out of Pocket


Now, the most important part of a short term health plan.


The Out of Pocket Max.


This basically defines the backend exposure for a very large bill.


With the IHC short term plan, the max out of pocket is in addition to the deductible.


In our example above, let's say we have $20K bill (very easy these days).


If we pick a $5000 max out of pocket, we would first pay the deductible $2500.

We would then pay 50% until we pay another $5000 (max out of pocket).


That's total exposure of $7500.


This would be our exposure for covered benefits, in-network.


Finally, there's a maximum benefit with the plans. This is the max amount that the plan will pay up to but it's very high.


Open heart surgery these days might run $100K+ so the max is more than adequate.


Those are the bullet points for the IHC short term with BCBS partnership.

BCBS Sponsored Short Term Wrap up


So we have a temporary health plan option (up to 3 month blocks) that allows us to use the MultiPlan network of doctors.


This is currently the only legitimate carrier for short term as the other carriers have either pulled their plans or are re-filing to meet the new 3 month window requirement.


Enrollment is all online and though medically underwritten (must qualify based on health), the process is simplified.


Please call 800-320-6269 or email us with any questions. There's no cost for our services!


For further review, check out our master article on short term health insurance coverage and plans.


Short term coverage is a great way to address interim periods of time such as between jobs, waiting for open enrollment, the need for immediate health coverage.

Call us at 800-320-6269 and we can go through any questions or run your instant Short term quote and enrollment.  Thanks!


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