MEC plans often cover preventive and wellness-related testing and treatments. They fulfill some standards stipulated in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ERISA, but they are not what most people consider typical health insurance. They usually cost less than traditional medical insurance because they do not include coverage for emergency room visits or hospital stays.
Preventive services include tests such as cancer screenings, immunizations, diabetes screenings, and HIV tests. Wellness services include physicals and exams, which help identify problems before they become serious enough to require treatment.
Traditional medical insurance covers the costs of treating injuries and illnesses. It also includes benefits such as hospitalization and surgical procedures. This type of policy is more common than MEC insurance, but it can be expensive if you need to see a specialist or go to a fancy hospital.
MEC policies were originally sold as an alternative to medical savings accounts (MSA). Like MSAs, these policies allow employees to contribute pre-tax dollars from their paychecks and earn interest on those funds. However, instead of putting money into a fund that can only be used for future medical expenses, employees use their premiums to purchase coverage for themselves or family members.
For example, an employer might offer two different MEC policies: one for employees and one for their spouses/partners.
A MEC is a health-care plan that satisfies the Affordable Care Act's requirement for health-care coverage. MEC programs include, among others, marketplace plans, job-based plans, Medicare, and Medicaid.
MEC coverage provides the same benefits as other health-care coverage. It can include hospitalization coverage, medical coverage, prescription drug coverage, and dental coverage. A MEC may have limitations on who qualifies as an eligible dependent and how long you can stay enrolled in the program. Enrollment periods vary by company but generally range from six months to two years. After this time, you must renew your enrollment or be dropped from the program.
Employers who offer MEC coverage choose from a variety of plans, which vary in cost and coverage. Some plans may have higher monthly premiums or lower benefits than others. As with any other type of insurance, when you use health care services you increase your risk of having financial problems if you don't have sufficient income to pay your bills. Thus, it's important to understand the nature of these plans before you sign up for one.
In addition to meeting ACA requirements, MEC plans must also meet the needs of its employees. These may include offering affordable coverage that fits within a budget, allowing for flexible spending accounts (FSAs), providing access to wellness programs, etc.
A health insurance plan that qualifies as MEC will normally have an actuarial value of 60% or above. For example, if a plan has an average actuarial value of 80%, the individual covered would be liable for 20% of the cost of all covered benefits.
In addition, a MEC policy must meet certain minimum coverage requirements. These include:
• Coverage must be provided for an eligible employee and his/her family members. Family members are defined as the employee's spouse, children under 21 years of age, and any other person living in the same household as the employee. A family member may also be any other person who is dependent upon the employee for support.
• The employee must be able to enroll in or change coverage during each calendar year of employment. This means that if you hire an employee on July 1 and they can enroll in coverage on August 1, when they begin work they can still enroll in coverage. If you terminate their employment before it ends, they cannot continue coverage unless they re-enroll before January 1 of the next year.
• The employee must provide evidence of having satisfied any requirement for eligibility imposed by any government agency (such as proof of citizenship status or ability to pay a tax).
To provide covered services, AHCCCS has relationships with many health plans. To offer treatment, the health plan collaborates with doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, specialists, and other healthcare providers. You will select a health plan that is available in your zip code area. If you are accepted, you will select a primary care physician who is affiliated with that health plan. The health plan will send you a letter explaining how it will pay for your treatments. You may have to wait until after you sign up to start receiving benefits.
Here's an example of how this works: Let's say you are diagnosed with diabetes. Your doctor knows Health Net wants to cover patients like you so he or she writes a prescription for a glucose monitor. Health Net sends the monitor to the pharmacy which fills it for free. Now you can check your blood sugar more often and take action if it is too high or low. This helps you avoid serious complications of the disease.
If you have medical coverage through another source, your AHCCCS doctor will work with that insurer to make sure there are no gaps in coverage. For example, if your employer-based policy doesn't cover mental health issues, your psychiatrist could charge extra for an assessment tool used to measure depression and anxiety levels. Or your doctor might suggest that you see a counselor instead of taking medications, but your insurer doesn't cover counseling sessions.
In addition to medical coverage, you may be able to receive financial assistance with deductibles and/or copays.
Any health insurance plan provided by your employer qualifies as minimal essential coverage under Obamacare (MEC). COBRA continuation coverage, which allows former workers to keep their health insurance after leaving a company for a set amount of time, also qualifies.
However, if you can afford to pay for the coverage out of your own pocket, it may make more sense to buy your own policy. If you don't want to purchase insurance through an exchange or a public program like Medicaid, this is where having some money put away in a medical savings account (MSA) comes in handy. MSAs are easy to establish and will help you save tax-free if you contribute up to $2,250 per year ($5,000 for families). Any excess funds remaining in the account at the end of the year can be withdrawn tax free too!
In addition, any uninsured expenses over 10% of your income must be paid with after-tax dollars. This means that if you have a $10,000 medical bill that you cannot pay off over one year, then you would need to find another way to come up with the money.
Finally, if you lose your job and your current health plan does not meet the requirements of MEC, you could be forced into buying individual policies on the open market.
MEC Plus will keep your temporary employees compliant and well-cared for with reasonable rates and substantial benefits for basic care like as doctor visits and prescription drug coverage. Maximum Medical Outpatient Benefit (All outpatient benefits are subject to the outpatient maximum). Network. Visit to the Doctor's Office (per day) - $20/day. Visit to the Emergency Room (per visit) - $150.
In other words, it provides the same level of coverage as our Standard MEC Plan except it allows employees to see a higher number of medical providers per year and has a higher annual limit on medical expenses. The cost of MEC Plus is also generally lower than that of the Standard MEC Plan.
Employees must pay a monthly fee which varies depending on how many days they are covered by the plan. If they work 30 days or more in a month, they can choose to pay either $10 or 2% of their income, whichever is greater. If they work less than 30 days in a month, they can only pay 2%. There is no minimum amount that must be paid each month.
Medical records must be kept for three years after you stop working for us. After this time, you can submit a claim for any unpaid expenses up to four years prior to filing it.
If you have a family member who is under the age of 21 and lives at home, they can be covered under your plan.