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Supplemental Insurance

The Importance of Supplemental Insurance


If you ever find yourself injured in a serious accident and then no longer able to work or should you come down with some serious illness, this all can have financially devastating consequences. Health insurance will only go so far and certainly won’t cover all your expenses, all of which can start to add up quite significantly if you have to miss work for an extended period of time. In these cases, good supplemental insurance coverage can be of great assistance.

What is it?

Supplemental insurance is a type of coverage that adds to (supplements) your health insurance by paying out for the myriad of uncovered health costs that many standard policies do not cover.

Who needs it?

Supplemental insurance can help almost all people who utilize it, though there are certain classifications of people for whom it can be especially helpful. Supplemental coverage can be especially relevant for those who have health insurance that often requires substantial amounts of out-of-pocket costs. It’s also designed for individuals with jobs that have built-in risks (such as a construction job) that can lead to the policyholder being unable to function in his or her job should they become either injured or ill.

How does it work?

Supplemental insurance coverage helps fills in the holes for which your conventional health insurance doesn’t provide coverage. Policies vary and each is tailored to individual needs but, usually, this coverage compensates for certain medical costs or it can provide a lump sum cash payout that you are free to use as you see fit.

Different types of coverage

There is a variety of supplemental policies offered. Critical illness coverage provides financial protection to those who are diagnosed with severe illnesses like cancer or strokes. There is cancer insurance coverage as well, which pays out should you be diagnosed with that particular illness. Accident insurance compensates for, well, accidents that lead to injury. For example, this would apply if you are hurt at your work place and are thus unable to perform your duties. Hospital insurance compensates for the costs of hospitalization that typical health insurance will not provide. There are likely other kinds of policies offered as well- Ask an insurance professional for more information.

The benefits

The major plus of purchasing a good supplemental policy is the protection from big financial losses due to injury or illness and the mitigation of any subsequent medical costs. All these challenges are only made worse should you be prevented from drawing a salary or payment for normal work duties. This is how proper supplemental insurance can be a financial boon for so many.