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A healthy body is a happy body, and there’s no better way to preserve your health and your family's health than with a health insurance policy from Oltman Insurance, located in Bellingham & Lynden, WA.

Let's face it, medical treatments aren't cheap. Without health insurance coverage you could end up paying off medical bills for the rest of your life. Oltman Insurance  can help you find an affordable healthcare plan that's right for you. Call 360-734-3960 or 360-354-5988 and talk with one of our friendly agents today to learn more.

What are the major types of health insurance policies in Washington?

There are basically three major types of health insurance policies for Washington residents to choose from-consumer-directed, fee for service, and managed care. These health insurance plans help cover your medical, surgical, and hospital expenses. They may even cover dental expenses, mental health services, and prescription drugs, depending on the coverage you choose.


A consumer-directed health plan (a.k.a. "consumer-driven" or "consumer choice") is a newer type of healthcare plan that’s designed to give you more control. As part of the plan, you setup a health fund that can be used to cover medical expenses.

Fee for Service

A fee for service plan is a more traditional healthcare plan. It means you pay a fee to your provider for every healthcare service you receive. The benefit of this type of health insurance plan is that it allows for a lot of flexibility when choosing a physician or healthcare provider.

Managed Care

Members of managed care health plans generally enjoy more benefits like lower out-of-pocket costs. However, you can only receive treatment from physicians that participate in the managed care network. Typical managed care plans include health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider organizations (PPO), and point-of service (POS) plans.

Common Health Insurance Terms

When discussing health insurance with an Oltman S&V Insurance Services agent, it helps to understand some of the common terms you'll run into. Below you'll find definitions to some of the most common health insurance terms.

Deductible - the amount of money you pay toward medical bills before your insurance coverage begins.

Co-pay - a specified amount of money you pay upfront for doctor visits and prescription refills.

Coinsurance - the percentage of medical bills you pay after meeting the deductible.

To learn more about health insurance, call Oltman nsurance Services at 360-734-3960 or 360-354-5988 and talk with one of our agents today. We’re right here in Washington, ready to guide you toward a more secure future.

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