Where Can I Get Medical Insurance?

Health insurance provides essential financial protection against planned and unexpected medical care needs. Find an option that meets both your budget and needs.

Your income-dependent coverage options for Medicaid and Child Health Plus could include either selecting a private plan from the Marketplace, or applying for public coverage such as Child Health Plus through Medicaid. You could also receive financial help through this marketplace to cover its costs.


Bronze health insurance provides an economical and accessible starting point for protecting against unexpected medical needs or major injuries. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Marketplace plans are organized into four levels or metal tiers: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum; each plan covers different percentages of costs but all offer essential health benefits.

Bronze plans typically offer lower monthly premiums but require higher out-of-pocket expenses when accessing medical care, since you must meet the deductible first. However, those eligible to receive premium tax credits (commonly known as subsidies) can use them to lower the costs associated with monthly insurance payments.

Bronze plans may be ideal if you don’t require medical services frequently and want protection from high medical costs, while higher level plans might be more suitable if regular care or medication are required.

Health insurance providers typically tailor their plans according to state and region. To learn what options are available in your region, reach out directly to the company before comparing deductibles, co-pays and monthly premiums to find what best fits you.

At the Marketplace, you can shop and enroll in health insurance plans using either your online account or visiting an enrollment center in person. During open enrollment, any plan that meets your eligibility requirements – even bronze plans – can be chosen. It offers an electronic application called Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Form or Electronic Health Record (EHR), making signing up easier than ever; processing may take up to 45 days after submission before receiving an ID card or letter of confirmation.


Silver health insurance plans are among the most sought-after plans available on the Individual Marketplace. On average, Silver plans cover about 70% of enrollee healthcare costs with just 30% remaining to be covered through copays, coinsurance or deductibles – making them highly sought after! Moreover, premium tax credits (subsidies) may help make monthly costs more manageable for those eligible for them.

Outside of affordability, people choose silver health insurance plans for other reasons too. On the Marketplace, silver plans may provide additional coverage options, including pediatric dental and vision coverage – important features for families with children. They may also include a maximum out-of-pocket expense cap which limits how much out-of-pocket spending you have during one policy year; plus they provide access to more doctors, specialists and hospitals so you’re getting care from providers you trust.

As the middle tier of Marketplace’s metal plan options, silver plans offer an ideal compromise between cost and coverage. Their monthly premium is higher than Bronze but less than Gold or Platinum plans; CSR subsidies (special subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket healthcare expenses like deductibles, copays, and coinsurance premiums), may only apply if your income falls within an applicable income range – making silver plans an ideal choice for individuals and families seeking affordable yet comprehensive healthcare coverage options.


Gold health insurance typically features higher monthly premiums but provides coverage of 80% or more of medical costs than other plan options, making it the best value. Depending on which plan you select, gold coverage may even have lower deductibles than silver and bronze options – making this perfect for families with young children needing frequent doctor visits. Plus, due to a fixed deductible that gets covered after reaching it easily budget for routine care needs.

Gold health plans typically carry higher costs than their silver and bronze counterparts; however, due to cost-sharing reductions they’ve become less costly in recent years. If purchasing your coverage through an exchange such as Healthcare.gov or directly from insurers you should find gold plans at competitive prices.

Though the Affordable Care Act mandates health insurers offer plans across four metal levels, prices will differ depending on market and insurer. To help determine which plan best meets your needs, use our shopping tool to compare plans both on and off exchanges.

Use our Shop and Compare tool to see if you qualify for financial help with paying premiums, find the health plan that meets your income and geographic location needs, or for help in selecting an insurance agent can assist in finding one for you.


Platinum health insurance is the most costly healthcare coverage option available through the Marketplace, providing robust protection with low deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, copays and coinsurance costs. This plan may make sense financially for people who require frequent or extensive medical care compared to mild or occasional issues; its premium will ultimately decide its viability.

Platinum plans feature the highest monthly premiums among all of the metal tiers available and have the lowest out-of-pocket costs, but it depends on how much healthcare is needed over time; hence it may not be the optimal solution for most people.

Typically, platinum plans cover approximately 90% of a standard population’s healthcare costs while enrollees bear 10% through deductibles, copays and coinsurance premiums. It is important to remember that this average isn’t applicable to any particular person or family; only average figures can provide accurate representation.

If you require comprehensive healthcare coverage with low out-of-pocket costs, a platinum plan might be ideal. But if your healthcare needs don’t expect much medical care or you have chronic conditions that do not require urgent treatment, a bronze plan with lower monthly premiums could be more suitable for you. If making decisions is becoming challenging for you, get help from GetCoveredNJ or contact a certified assister in your area; they can provide answers and guidance that help find you a plan tailored specifically to meet your requirements; plus check if eligible premium subsidies could help defray costs of healthcare expenses!


Short-term health insurance plans typically do not cover preexisting conditions and do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s minimum essential coverage requirements. They also may feature waiting periods and exclude certain categories such as mental health care, maternity benefits and prescription drugs coverage.

Short-term plans may not suit everyone, so it is essential that you carefully consider your individual needs before making a purchase decision. If you require comprehensive medical coverage and benefits, traditional health plans such as those provided through an employer or purchased individually from an insurance provider such as Health Insurance Marketplace could provide more suitable coverage options.

When selecting an insurance plan, it’s also essential to compare coverage, costs, deductibles and copayments across policies. Look for plans with high financial strength ratings such as Everest or UnitedHealthcare’s A+ ratings indicating their ability to pay claims quickly and smoothly. You should also examine its provider network to make sure it includes your desired doctors and hospitals.

Once you have established your medical insurance requirements, the next step should be finding the most competitive rates. When reviewing plans, pay particular attention to premium, deductible and out-of-pocket maximum, which are key indicators of total cost. Assess how often the policy can be renewed – some short-term plans offer indefinite renewal, while others limit renewal to 36 months or less. Before selecting the plan that meets your needs, you should verify it offers coverage for services like mental health and substance use, pregnancy, maternity and prescription drug benefits. Furthermore, be aware if a copay is required when visiting doctors, or whether reimbursement can cover out-of-pocket expenses.