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 AFSA's Short Term Recovery Insurance Plan.
This member benefit was designed and negotiated to help with expenses Medicare may not cover. (Medicare/TRICARE covers a lot, but it was never meant to cover everything.)
With the AFSA Short Term Recovery Plan, you'll have added protection —to help you stay independent and confidently make the home recovery care choices you want.
1This policy is guaranteed acceptance, but it does contain a Pre-Existing Conditions Limitation. Please refer to the Tell Me More tab for more information on exclusions and limitations, such as Pre-Existing Conditions.
*At age 80, Home Recovery Benefit reduces to an annual maximum of $4,000 for covered services.
Coverage may vary and is not available in AZ, ID, LA, MN, MT, NM, NV, NY, OR, SD, VT and WA.
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) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
In some cases, you may need personal care after your Hospital stay as well. The AFSA Short Term Recovery 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.
Pays in Addition to Medicare and TRICARE For Life
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 choose between paying for yourself — or going without it.
RecoveryCare was specifically designed to provide benefits to help pay for costs caused by a Hospital stay and recovery period. These costs include homemaker services not considered "necessary" by your doctor, gas and other travel expenses to see doctors, as well as over-the-counter medications and supplies not covered by a health insurance plan.
If you're Medicare eligible, as long as Medicare approves just one home health care expense for you, the AFSA Recovery Plan pays.
Coverage You Can Count On
The AFSA Short Term Recovery Plan pays benefits for your hospitalization and your recovery afterward:
Your Acceptance is Guaranteed
All AFSA 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.
You Pay Economical Group Rates
Thanks to the group purchasing power of your fellow AFSA members, you can take advantage of the Short Term Recovery Plan at the economical rates listed below.
Monthly Group Rates
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You'll be billed quarterly. If applicable, an additional $2.00 billing fee will be included on your billing notice payable to the administrator. To save the fee, select Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) as a safe and secure payment option. You cannot be singled out for a rate increase. Your rates 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.
Your Protection Can Start Right Away
Your AFSA 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.)
Your Protection Won't End Because of Your Health or Age
You can keep your AFSA 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 AFSA 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.
You Get Top-Notch Service
Whenever you have questions about your AFSA Short Term Recovery Plan, simply call our toll-free helpline at 1-800-882-5541. 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.
If you have a more difficult question, you'll talk to a helpful AFSA Short Term Recovery Plan expert. Our experts know the AFSA Recovery Plan inside and out and will make sure you get the answers you need.
Other Important Information About This Coverage
Pre-Existing Conditions Limitation
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).
Exclusions and Limitations
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 IS A HOSPITAL CONFINEMENT INDEMNITY POLICY. THE POLICY PROVIDES LIMITED BENEFITS.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PERSONS ON MEDICARE
THIS INSURANCE DUPLICATES SOME MEDICARE BENEFITS
This is not Medicare Supplement Insurance
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.
This insurance duplicates Medicare benefits when:
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.
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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.
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Do I have to meet with an insurance agent?
Issuance of this policy is handled over the Internet and the mail. You can review the materials in the privacy of your home and purchase your policy directly through the mail without meeting with an agent. You can, of course, talk to a licensed representative if you'd like.
How do I enroll?
How does the plan work?
The Short Term Recovery Plan pays you or anyone you choose cash benefits once you're admitted to the hospital as an inpatient.
This plan also pays a cash benefit for each day a covered home health expense is incurred when your're recovering at home after a Hospital stay. You'll receive benefits for physical, speech and occupational therapy. Benefits would be payable for nursing services by a Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
In some cases, you may need personal care after your hospital stay as well. The Short Term Recovery Plan can be used for a Home Health Aide to assist you with items such as bathing and getting dressed. It could even help with homemaker services if you need someone to help with your laundry, shopping, cleaning and cooking.
How soon can my protection start?
Your protection starts as soon as the first day of the month after we receive your Confirmation Form and first premium payment.
What benefits would I collect?
This plan would pay cash benefits for your hospitalization for a covered sickness or injury and your recovery afterward:
Hospital and/or Skilled Nursing Facility Benefit: You'll collect $750 when you're admitted to the Hospital as an Inpatient for at least one day, regardless of whether you need home recovery care later. If your hospital stay exceeds 14 days, you'll get an additional $500. If you're in the Hospital for 31 days or more, you'll collect another $200. Time spent as an inpatient in a Skilled Nursing Facility is also included for the purpose of calculating the Hospital benefit.
Home Recovery Care Benefits: You'll collect $200 a day for each day you incur a covered home health care expense. Benefits are paid to you or anyone you choose for two 20-day benefit periods, up to 40 days per Accrual Year. * (Maximum of 20 days per benefit period and each benefit period must follow a separate Hospitalization.)
That's up to a total of $8,000 per year*. You wouldn't likely have to pay out of pocket 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. For example, if you're hospitalized three times in one year, you'll collect at least $750 each time.
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 $200 a day, up to 20 days per Accrual Year (one benefit period and an annual maximum of $4,000). The Hospital Benefit remains the same and remains unlimited, regardless of how many times you're admitted to a hospital.
What if I have second thoughts after I enroll?
You will have 30 days from the date of receipt to review the insurance certificate. If you are not satisfied with the terms of the certificate, simply return it to the Insurance Administrator and any premiums paid will be refunded in full, minus any claims paid.
When does my protection end?
You can keep the Short Term Recovery Plan as long as you want. Your coverage won't end due to age. At age 80, home health benefits reduce from an $8,000 per year maximum to a $4,000 per year maximum. As long as the Group Master Policy remains in force, you only need to pay your premiums when due and remain an AFSA member to keep your protection. A member's spouse's coverage ends when the member's does and when premiums are not paid. Your spouse can not be legally separated or divorced from you.
Who can sign up?
All members, over age 65 and their spouse, are guaranteed acceptance into this plan. This plan is yours for the asking. You have to satisfy the waiting period for pre-existing conditions.
Will acceptance into this plan always be guaranteed?
We're hopeful it will be. However, it's unclear at this point whether underwriting will be necessary in the future for you to qualify. This means now is the perfect time to get in on the plan, when you can't be turned down (subject to Pre–existing Conditions Limitations).