Health insurance is designed to cover medical expenses for the policy buyer. While health policies are limited by insurance companies’ decisions, they can help ensure non-policyholders, as long as they have a close relationship with each other. This makes it easier for policyholders to save money by purchasing an insurance policy while still covering the medical costs of the whole family. Different laws apply to dependents or those covered indirectly by the policy, but many health policies allow people to cover their spouses as well as themselves.
There are two types of general health insurance, private insurance, and group insurance. Individuals buy private insurance directly from a health insurance company, and it rarely comes with any type of insurance that extends to dependents. On the other hand, group plans are offered by businesses as a benefit to employees, and they often cover dependent coverage. If an insured individual is dependent on an insurance policy, then he cannot ensure the spouse, and the option to cover the benefits will not be available.
With group plans that provide dependent coverage, spouses are covered as dependents in most cases. This means that the individual, as he progresses through the employee’s orientation and health insurance registration, can sign up for insurance for his/her spouse at the same time he is completing the application. This can be further complicated if the individual lives with only one qualified spouse or partner in the country, neither of whom is covered in the same way. Eligible domestic partners can be dependents, as long as they are covered by eligible relative status.
If a person is not a legal spouse, she may be considered a qualified relative and still eligible for dependent status. Eligible relatives must be of the same blood or co-resident as the contract holder. The policyholder, as a taxpayer, must provide more than half of the necessary support income to relatives from their own income, and relatives cannot support themselves. Relatives must also be U.S. citizens, residents, or nationals.
If the spouse has entered into an insurance policy of their own, it may be difficult to be covered by two health insurance policies. Insurance companies have regulations that prevent any overlap between policies, so it may not be beneficial to have cross-family dependents. In addition, dependents can use policy features such as health savings accounts, but only if they do not yet have any benefit-oriented savings accounts.