The Major Health Insurance Companies: Farmers, Aetna, Assurant, Golden Rule, Humana

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The rise in health insurance can largely be attributed to the steady rise in health care costs. Visits to a doctor’s office for simple consultations can cost you $200 if not more. Emergency visits or surgery costs are out of control and may leave you under unbearable debt if you don’t have insurance. There is no surprise that medical bills are the single biggest cause of bankruptcy in the United States.

On the other hand, major health insurance companies are trying their very best to a keep a check on insurance rates as they try to lure customers. Here is some information on some of the big players in the insurance industry that might help you decide which company to choose.

Overview of Four Major Health Insurance Companies:

Aetna: Founded in 1850, it is one among the top providers for life, dental, health care, disability and group insurance. Its excellent health plans and low cost customer friendly insurance products are reasons for its continuous growth over the years. At present, Aetna has nearly 15 million medical members, 10 million pharmacy members, and 13 million dental members.The company provides employer sponsored coverage in all 50 states and in selected areas it also serves Medicare, Medicaid, and individual plans. It was the first company to provide consumer directed health plans. It has every reason to be among the top.

Humana: Founded by two lawyers in the state of Kentucky, this company has been operating since 1961. It is the official provider of health benefits for the Champions Tour and PGA Tour. With nearly 7 million medical members, it is now one of the largest publicly traded insurance companies in the nation. The company has serves in 27 states with a strong presence in the eastern part of the country except for Colorado, Texas and Arizona. In time, the company will have its presence all across the country. Some of the prominent products offered by the company are Government sponsored plans, PPO’s, Consumer driven plans and plans for U.S. military dependents.

Golden Rule: Some time back, this company had been in the news for starting HSA or Health Savings Account plans. It is one of the latest additions to health insurance options in recent years. Based in Indiana the company has been in business for over 60 years. In 2003 the company was merged into United Healthcare. The company is often appreciated for its efficient service and customer care. Golden Rule Insurance Company provides a wide range of dental, health, vision and other products. The company has received an A from AM Best.

Assurant: Founded in 1892 and based in New York, Assurant Health has an AM Best rating of ‘A’. The company is not only operating in the United States but also has a presence in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Spain, and Brazil. The company’s operation is handled in four segments: Assurant Special Property, Assurant Solutions, Assurant Employee Benefit and Assurant Health. The Assurant Employee Benefit looks after group disability insurance, group dental plans and group term life insurance.

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