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Did you know that 67% of total cancer costs are non-medical? If you have a family history of cancer, consider using a supplemental health insurance plan for cancer to lower your out-of-pocket expenses and help protect your family’s finances.

How can it help me?

Supplemental health insurance for cancer can help protect your finances from the indirect costs of cancer:

  • Travel and lodging
  • Extra child care
  • Specialty equipment, food, and clothing
  • Lost wages

How does it work?

Supplemental health insurance for cancer works a little differently than a regular health insurance plan. Supplemental plans require you to pay monthly premiums, but the benefits are typically offered as lump-sum cash paid directly to you. This means that if you have a qualifying illness, the plan does not pay doctors and hospitals. It sends the benefit amount directly to you. You could use this money to help pay for the indirect costs of cancer.

What can affect the cost?

The cost of a supplemental health insurance policy for cancer will vary. Factors like your gender, the plan type you choose, and the benefit level you select will all change the cost of your monthly premiums.

Who should consider supplemental health insurance for cancer?

Those with a family history of cancer are not the only ones who should consider a supplemental policy. Cancer is an illness that will affect almost everyone, either personally, or through a loved one. Everyone should consider purchasing a supplemental cancer insurance policy.

For help reviewing your options, contact a licensed insurance agent through HealthMarkets. Our agents can help you find a policy that suits your needs.

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Sources:

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/managinginsuranceissues/healthinsuranceandfinancialassistanceforthecancerpatient/health-insurance-and-financial-assistance-living-exp-help
American Cancer Society Facts & Figures, 2007

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