Medicare, Medicaid, Life and Health Insurance/COBRA or INDIVIDUAL INSURANCE

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Hi Cindy, thanks in advance for your help and time.

I am 63.5 years old and retiring Dec 31, 2015.

My question is: Should I take my company's COBRA plan or get my own individual health insurance? And should I continue the COBRA dental plan my company offers ($30 a month)?

I am in good health. My only conditions are sleep apnea (moderate) which is under control, and acid reflux. Everything else is in great condition.

I am thinking two things. 1. With the COBRA, I will have great coverage if something happens. Cost is about $500.

2. With individual health insurance, I might be spending less and save out of pocket money. But if something happens healthwise, I might be liable for huge hospital bills, for instance.

So, I don't know the best thing to do.

Again, thanks for your help.

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Hi Robert, thanks for the question.  Not being familiar with Illinois rates, my experience tells me that your price for Cobra coupled with, as you say 'great coverage', would be the way I would go.  Timing seems to be perfect as 18 mos. of Cobra would bring you to Medicare age.
I hope this helps.

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