Different types of private health insurance

Health insurance plans vary by how they work with the networks.

HMO: Health Maintenance Organization

HMO plans are very restrictive. When you purchase an HMO plan, you are asked to pick a primary care physician that is in your network. All of the care you receive is coordinated by your primary care provider. This means if you want to see a specialist, you will need a referral from your primary care provider.

HMO’s have cheaper premiums and do not cover out-of-network health care services.

PPO: Preferred Provider Organization

PPO plans are pretty flexible. They do allow you to choose an in-network doctor at a lower cost or an out-of-network doctor at a higher cost.
You do not need a referral from your PCP to see a specialist. PPO plans often come with higher premiums.

EPO: Exclusive Provider Organization

They are known as hybrid plans because they are a mix of HMO and PPO plans. EPO plans allow you to see a specialist without receiving a referral. They do not cover out-of-network doctors and often have more expensive premiums than HMO’s.

POS: Point of Service

POS plans are also a hybrid of HMO and PPO plans.

-You will have a primary care provider that coordinates your network
-You have access to out-of-network options
-More expensive premiums than HMO’s
-Less expensive premiums than PPO’s.


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