What Is An HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) Plan?
An HMO plan offers coverage for in-network doctors and hospitals, but will not cover out-of-network providers unless it is an emergency. The HMO model helps keep healthcare costs affordable for members.
An HMO may be right for you if:
- You plan on visiting doctors within the coverage network
- You want to pay less for monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs
- You prefer a relationship with one doctor who can help manage your care and refer you to specialists as needed*
*Most Anthem HMO plan options do not require a PCP selection or referral to see specialists.
What Is A PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) Plan?
A PPO is a health plan with a “preferred” network of providers in your area and does not require a primary care provider (PCP) referral to see a specialist. A PPO health plan provides more choices but typically has higher monthly premiums. With a PPO plan, you can save money if you use doctors in the plan’s network. You can also use doctors, hospitals, and providers outside of the network but it will cost more.
A PPO plan may be right for you if:
- You prefer more freedom in your choice of doctors and hospitals
- You want to see specialists without a referral
- You have a doctor you already like and do not mind paying more in overall costs for a broader network of providers
What Is An EPO (Exclusive Provider Organization) Plan?
An EPO is a hybrid of an HMO and a PPO. EPOs generally offer a little more flexibility than an HMO and are usually less expensive than a PPO. Like a PPO, you won’t need a referral to get care from a specialist. But similar to an HMO, you’ll be responsible for paying the costs for seeing a doctor outside of the plan’s network.
An EPO plan may be right for you if:
- You want more doctor and hospital options within your network
- You are looking for a health plan that offers the coverage you need with costs that fall between a PPO and an HMO
- You prefer to see a specialist without consulting with your primary care physician
Shop For Health Insurance Through Anthem
You can explore all of the health plans Anthem offers, including plans certified by the Marketplace. If you’re concerned you can’t fit health insurance into your budget, you can check if you are eligible for a health insurance subsidy, which is financial help from the government to help pay for your healthcare coverage. If you qualify, you may be able to lower or completely eliminate your premium.
Marketplace plans are available in four metal levels:
- Lowest monthly premiums
- Higher deductibles
- For individuals and families who only need routine checkups, preventive care, and emergency care coverage
- Average monthly premiums
- Lower deductibles
- Additional cost-sharing subsidies may reduce out-of-pocket costs for eligible enrollees based on income
- For individuals and families who need routine preventive care along with coverage for a condition or upcoming procedure
- Higher monthly premiums
- Lower deductibles
- For individuals and families who need routine preventive care and have ongoing healthcare needs
- Highest monthly premiums
- Lowest deductibles
- Coverage for nearly all healthcare costs
- For individuals and families with ongoing healthcare needs
Learn more about choosing a Marketplace health plan.
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