When you're recovering at home after a hospital stay, you want to keep your self-reliance — stay in better control of your health care choices — and get well quickly. But without a backup plan, you may find out too late that you can't afford the home recovery care you want. You could end up settling for home health care that's just not up to your standards.
You could use your savings or retirement income to help pay for home recovery care — or you can use the AFA Short Term Recovery Insurance Plan.
This member benefit was designed and negotiated to help take care of expenses that may not be covered by other plans. (Medicare/TRICARE cover a lot, but they were never meant to cover everything.)
With the AFA Short Term Recovery Plan, you'll have the added protection you need—to help you stay independent and confidently make the home recovery care choices you want.
The Short Term Recovery Plan provides cash benefits. You can receive up to $1,450.00 per Hospitalization for a covered Injury or Sickness and up to $8,000.00* each year ($200 a day) for your recovery afterward. With the Hospital and/or Skilled Nursing Facility Benefit you'd collect $750.00 when you're admitted to a Hospital for at least one day. If your Hospital stay exceeds 14 days, you'd get an additional $500.00. After 30 days in the Hospital, you'd collect another $200.00. With the Home Recovery Care Benefits, you'd collect $200.00 a day for each day you incur a covered home health care expense. Covered services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing care, companion services, home health and homemaker services.
This plan may vary and is not available in AK, AR, AZ, DE, FL, ID, IN, LA, MD, ME, MN, MO, MT, NM, NY, OR, SD, TX, VT, WA, WV and WY.
*At age 80, Home Recovery Benefit reduces to $4,000 a year.
The Short Term Recovery Insurance Plan pays cash benefits if you're admitted to the Hospital as an Inpatient for a covered Injury or Sickness. Then, it provides a benefit that helps pay for home health care expenses when you're recovering at home after the Hospital stay. You'd receive benefits for physical, speech, and occupational therapy. Benefits would be payable for nursing services by a Registered Nurse (RN) or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
In some cases, you may need personal care after your Hospital stay as well. The AFA Short Term Recovery Insurance Plan provides a benefit that can help pay for a home health aide to assist you with items such as bathing and getting dressed. It can even help pay for homemaker services if you need someone to help with the laundry, shopping, cleaning, and cooking.
Although TRICARE For Life (TFL) and Medicare are generous in what they pay for, they don't cover everything.
For example, Medicare only covers intermittent and part-time care. In addition, it does not cover 24-hour care or homemaker services. If you need more home health care than what Medicare covers, you may have to pay for it yourself.
In most cases, you can't rely on your TRICARE For Life or Medicare supplement to pick up all home recovery costs, either. (This common misconception can really cost you if you're not careful.) TFL has strict criteria to qualify and does not cover home health aide, homemaker, or companion services at all.
If you're Medicare eligible, as long as Medicare approves just one home health care expense for you, the AFA Recovery Plan pays.
The AFA Short Term Recovery Plan pays benefits for your Hospitalization and your recovery afterward:
* At age 80, Home Recovery Care benefits reduce to 20 days per Accrual Year (one benefit period). The RecoveryCare benefit is still $200, but the length of time is reduced for Insureds over age 80.
All AFA members and their spouse who are age 65 or older are guaranteed acceptance into the Short Term Recovery Plan. This means that insurance benefits payable are subject to your policy's Pre-Existing Conditions Limitation.
You'll have protection for new health conditions right away. Any pre-existing health conditions are not covered for 6 months, or until you've gone 6 months without treatment, whichever is sooner.
Please note: We're hopeful acceptance into the Short Term Recovery Plan will always be guaranteed. However, it's unclear whether health questions or other underwriting will be necessary in the future for you to qualify.
Thanks to the group purchasing power of your fellow AFA members, you can take advantage of the Short Term Recovery Plan at the economical rates listed below.
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You'll be billed quarterly. You cannot be singled out for a rate increase. Your rates/benefits will not be increased or decreased unless they are increased or decreased for everyone in your classification or age group. Rates are based on your attained age and increase as your enter a new age category.
* At age 80, Home Recovery Care Benefits reduce to $200.00 a day for up to 20 days per year. The Hospital Benefit remains the same and remains unlimited, regardless of how many times you're admitted to a Hospital.
Your AFA Short Term Recovery Plan will start the first day of the month after we receive your Enrollment Form and first premium payment (subject to the Pre-Existing Condition Limitation.)
You can keep your AFA Short Term Recovery Plan as long as you want. It won't end due to age, unlike many other insurance plans on the market. At age 80, home health benefits reduce from a $8,000.00 per year maximum to a $4,000.00 per year maximum. As long as the Master Policy remains in force, you only need to pay your premiums when due and remain an AFA member to keep your protection in place. Your spouse’s coverage ceases when your coverage terminates; premiums are not paid; the Master Policy is no longer in force; or they become legally separated or divorced from you.
Whenever you have questions about your AFA Short Term Recovery Plan, simply call our toll-free helpline at1-800-291-8480. If you have a question like how to submit a claim or about your premium status, our phone system will handle it quickly and efficiently.
A Pre-Existing Condition means any Injury or Sickness, diagnosed or undiagnosed, for which medical care is received by a covered person within the 6-month period prior to the covered person's effective date of insurance.
Conditions Prior to Effective Date: During the first 6 months of a covered person's insurance, losses incurred for Pre-Existing Conditions are not covered. This will not apply to a loss that the covered person incurs after being free of medical care for the condition for a 6-month period (ending any time on or after his or her effective date).
This Plan does not cover intentionally self-inflicted injuries, suicide or attempted suicide, whether sane or insane (while sane in Missouri or Colorado).
A Hospital or a Skilled Nursing Facility does not mean any institution or part thereof used principally as a rest home, a home for the aged, or a place for custodial care; or a place for the care of drug addicts, alcoholics, or the mentally ill.
Confined or Confinement means being an Inpatient in a Hospital due to Sickness or Injury.
Periods of Confinement in a Hospital separated by less than 90 days and due to the same or related causes are considered part of the same Period of Confinement.
This limited health benefit plan (1) does not constitute major medical coverage, and (2) does not satisfy the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because the coverage does not meet the requirements of minimum essential coverage.
This website explains the general purpose of the insurance described but in no way changes or affects the policy as actually issued. In the event of a discrepancy between this website and the policy, the terms of the policy apply. All benefits are subject to the terms and conditions of the policy. Policies underwritten by the Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company detail exclusions, limitations, reduction of benefits and terms under which the Policies may be continued in full or discontinued. Complete details are in the Certificate of Insurance issued to each insured individual and the Master Policy issued to the policyholder. This program may vary and may not be available in all states. This program is currently not available to residents of Montana.
THIS INSURANCE DUPLICATES SOME MEDICARE BENEFITS
This insurance pays a fixed dollar amount, regardless of your expenses, for each day you meet the policy conditions. It does not pay your Medicare deductibles or coinsurance and is not a substitute for Medicare Supplement insurance.
Medicare generally pays for most or all of these expenses.
Medicare pays extensive benefits for medically necessary services regardless of the reason you need them. These include:
|Before You Buy This Insurance|
✔Check the coverage in all health insurance policies you already have.
✔For more information about Medicare and Medicare Supplement insurance, review the Guide to Health Insurance for People with Medicare, available from the insurance company.
✔ For help in understanding your health insurance, contact your state insurance department or state senior insurance counseling program.
✔Your association shares a financial interest in this program which benefits the entire membership.
How soon can my protection start?
Do I have to meet with an insurance agent?
What benefits would I collect?
The plan would pay cash benefits for your hospitalization for a covered sickness or injury and your recovery afterward:
That's up to a total of $8,000* per year, for the home recovery care you need. Plus, your Hospital Benefit is unlimited in the number of times you can collect it as long as your Periods of Confinement are unrelated and separated by more than 90 days.
Conditions for which you've received medical care or treatment in the 6 months before your effective date will be covered after you've been in the plan for 6 months; or when you've gone 6 months without treatment for the condition, whichever is sooner.
* At age 80, Home Recovery Care Benefits reduce to 20 days per Accrual Year and an annual maximum of $4,000 (one benefit period).
How does this plan work?
The Short Term Recovery Plan pays you or any one you choose cash benefits once you're admitted to the Hospital as an Inpatient.
Will acceptance into this plan always be guaranteed?
Who can sign up?
What if I have second thoughts after I enroll?
When does my protection end?