Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care consortium, based in Oakland, California. Founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney Garfield, this company operates in eight states and the District of Columbia.
With over 11 million health plan members, Kaiser is the largest early innovator of the managed care organization model in the United States. Kaiser’s research also offers a variety of health insurance & managed care population-based statistics. Demographic & Coverage reports can be accessed on the KFF website.
Services Currently Offered by Kaiser
Dental & Optical
Complimentary Care that includes Chiropractic & Yoga
Kaiser Medicare & Medicaid Programs in select states
Member Statistics for Kaiser Insurance
11.7m health members at the end of 2017
Health Provider and Facility Networks
39 medical centers
720 medical facilities
Coverage by State
Kaiser contracts with providers across the nation but only offers healthcare coverage policies to the following states and districts: CA, CO, DC, GA, HI, MD, OR, VA, WA
Plans and Prices
As an early innovator of health maintenance organizations (HMOs) which are now a widely adopted across the health insurance industry, Kaiser is extremely efficient in its oversight of both coverage and care. As such, Kaiser has its own comprehensive system of doctors, hospitals, and specialists from top to bottom. This is great for members who get more extensive resources within a more evolved, tiered managed care network. But Kaiser also scored significantly lower than its competitors when looking at the ability to obtain a referral for coverage with an outside specialist.
So Kaiser’s outlook is that it offers you everything you need within its network. There is limited nationwide coverage, and there are even options for international coverage if you travel abroad regularly. You should definitely examine the rates & benefits available in your local Kaiser network, or ask your agent what similar models are available if Kaiser is not an option in your state of residency.
Estimated Premium Rates:
35 Years of Age: $200 – $340 monthly National Average is $300/mo
45 Years of Age: $240 – $400 monthly National Average is $350/mo
55 Years of Age: $360 – $620 monthly National Average is $550/mo
KAISER PERMANENTE HEALTH INSURANCE
ADVANTAGES / The premiums are, on average, less expensive than those of other insurance agencies, especially for those between 45- and 55 years old.
DISADVANTAGES / This service limits you to the Kaiser Permanente system of doctors and hospitals in its managed care network that and is offered in only eight states.
CONSUMER TAKEAWAYS / Kaiser Permanente covers eight states and has its own system of doctors and facilities throughout the nation. Its premiums and breadth of plans make it a strong option for health insurance. Kaiser premiums are, on average, less expensive than those of other insurance agencies. However, a Kaiser drawback is that even its PPO policies are limited in terms of a network outside of its eight covered states. Above all, Kaiser scores an 9.08/10 overall review from Top Ten Reviews by consumers.