A hospital stay can be expensive, and it can happen at any time. Help your employees focus on getting better, and worry less about hospital bills. Even with medical coverage, out-of-pocket expenses such as rehabilitation, transportation and childcare can quickly add up. Voluntary benefits such as Cigna Hospital Care can offer a cost-effective solution and bolster your organization's benefit package. They also give employees more control over their coverage and can help them feel more comfortable with choosing a high-deductible health plan.
How it Works for your Employees
- Pays a fixed benefit to the covered person (or their designee) for hospital stays resulting from a covered injury or illness.1 The money can be used as the individual chooses. Benefits may be paid directly to the hospital upon assignment.
- No restrictions on how the money can be used. Coverage continues after the first covered hospitalization – helping provide additional protection for future hospital stays.
- Separate from a medical plan. Employees do not have to be enrolled in a medical plan to elect Cigna Hospital Care.
- Cost-effective coverage. Benefits offered on an employee-paid basis, but employees sign up at economical group rates – so they may pay less for coverage than if they purchased coverage individually.
- Maximize employee benefit payments with Cigna Simple File®. Auto compare – we carefully review Cigna medical claims and remind employees to submit their eligible accidental injury claim. Auto claim – for employees who also have Cigna's disability, life and/or AD&D coverage – we'll automatically file their eligible hospital care (indemnity) claim (based on claim data) for so they don't have to.
- Convenience. No copays, deductibles, coinsurance restrictions or network requirements to worry about and insurance premiums can be deducted from employee paychecks.
- Benefits are portable. Employees can keep their coverage if they leave their employer.2
Value-add Programs and Services
With Cigna Hospital Care insurance, your employees and their families have access to a suite of programs and services available for use at any time.3
- Cigna Healthy Rewards® Program – Discounts for employees and their family members on a variety of health and wellness products and services.
- Cigna Identity Theft Program – Identity theft prevention and resolution services including personal assistance, guidance and tools to help prevent identity theft in the future.
- CignaWillCenter.com – Online tools to create state-specific legal documents for wills and powers of attorney and resources for estate and funeral planning.
- Health Advocacy Services – Personalized assistance to help employees and family members (including parents and parents-in-law) navigate a wide range of health care and health insurance challenges.4
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GROUP HOSPITAL CARE (INDEMNITY) INSURANCE POLICY PAYS LIMITED BENEFITS ONLY. IT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE AND IS NOT INTENDED TO COVER ALL MEDICAL EXPENSES. THIS COVERAGE DOES NOT SATISFY THE “MINIMIUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE” OR INDIVIDUAL MANDATE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (ACA). LACK OF MAJOR MEDICAL COVERAGE (OR OTHER MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE) MAY RESULT IN AN ADDITIONAL PAYMENT WITH YOUR TAXES. THIS COVERAGE IS NOT MEDICAID OR MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE.
1 The term “hospital” does not include a clinic, facility, or unit of a hospital for: (1) rehabilitation, convalescent, custodial, educational, hospice, or skilled nursing care; (2) the aged, drug addicts or alcoholics; or (3) a facility primarily or solely providing psychiatric services to mentally ill patients.
2 Under most plans, coverage is portable and ends at age 100
3 These programs are NOT insurance and do not provide reimbursement for financial losses. Program availability may vary by plan type and location and is subject to change. Employees are required to pay the entire discounted charge for any discounted products or services available through these programs. Programs are provided through third-party vendors who are solely responsible for their products and services. Presented here are only the highlights of these programs. Full terms, conditions and exclusions are contained in the applicable client program description and/or vendor service agreement.
4 This program is available at the option of the employer for an additional cost and not available to Health Advocate, Inc. existing clients.
Group Hospital Care (indemnity) insurance is offered by Life Insurance Company of North America, except in NY where policies are insured by Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York (New York, NY). Plans may not be available in all areas. All group insurance policies may contain exclusions, limitations, reduction of benefits, and terms under which the policies may be continued in force or discontinued. For costs and complete details of coverage, contact your Cigna representative. Policy forms: GHIP-00-1000, GHIP-00-1000.ORa et al.