Hospital Indemnity Insurance

Hospital Indemnity Insurance  


Hospital Indemnity Insurance can complement your health insurance to help you pay for the costs associated with a hospital stay. It can also provide funds for the out-of-pocket expenses your medical plan may not cover, such as co-insurance, co-pays and deductibles.


How does it work?

This insurance pays a benefit when you are admitted to the hospital for a covered accident or sickness.


You may receive a benefit for the following:

  • Covered hospital admission
  • Each day of your covered hospital stay
  • Emergency-room treatment for an accident
  • Ambulance or air ambulance transportation


Advantages of the plan

  • Coverage is available to all eligible employees who are actively at work
  • You can buy coverage for your spouse and dependent children
  • This plan includes convenient payroll deduction, so you don’t have to remember to write a check for your premiums
  • Coverage is portable. You may take the coverage with you if you leave the company or retire without having to answer new health questions


Tell Me More

The average price of a hospital stay is $10,0002
Not counting ambulance, intensive care treatment and dozens of other expenses medical insurance may not cover. With Hospital Indemnity Insurance, you collect a lump sum each day you’re in the hospital – for any reason.


That money can help offset the hospital bill, take care of day-to-day expenses, or pay for anything you need.


  • Pays when you’re hospitalized, regardless of the reason
  • Lump sum paid directly to you
  • Pays benefits in addition to your medical insurance
  • Pregnancy costs covered
  • No proof of good health needed to enroll
  • You can keep your coverage if you leave your employer


2 Anne Pfuntner, Lauren M. Wier, M.P.H., and Claudia Steiner, M.D., M.P.H., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “Costs for Hospital Stays in the United States, 2011,”


Add hospital indemnity insurance to help offset hospitalization expenses that may not be covered under your employer’s existing medical plan.

How It Works

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Urbandale, IA 50398
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Answers about the plan, including eligibility, options, enrollment, customer service and more.
  • What is Hospital Indemnity Insurance?

    Hospital Indemnity Insurance pays a daily benefit if you have a covered stay in a hospital, critical care unit or rehabilitation facility. The benefit amount is determined based on the type of facility and the number of days you stay. Hospital Indemnity Insurance is a limited benefit policy. It is not health insurance and does not satisfy the requirement of minimum essential coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

    Features of Hospital Indemnity Insurance include:

    • Flexibility: You can use the benefit money for any purpose you like
    • Payroll deductions: Premiums paid through convenient payroll deductions
    • Affordable coverage: Rates are typically lower when you purchase coverage through your employer
    • Portable: Should you leave your current employer or retire, you can take the policy with you and select from a variety of payment plans
  • How can Hospital Indemnity Insurance help?

    Below are a few examples of how your Hospital Indemnity Insurance benefit could be used (coverage amounts may vary):

    • Medical expenses, such as deductibles and copays
    • Travel, food and lodging expenses for family members
    • Child care
    • Everyday expenses like utilities and groceries
  • Who is eligible for Hospital Indemnity Insurance?

    • You—must meet actively-at-work definition
    • Your spouse/domestic partner*
    • Your child(ren)— to age 26. Coverage is available only if Employee coverage is elected

    *The use of “spouse” in this document means a person insured as a spouse as described in the certificate of insurance or rider. This may include domestic partners or civil union partners as defined by the group policy. Please contact your employer for more information.


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