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Insure.com offers help to new college grads seeking health insurance options

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., May 30/PRNewswire/ -- For many college graduates, health insurance coverage stops when they hand in their mortar boards and gowns. Parents' health plans will usually drop students once they reach age 22 to 25, or earlier if the child is no longer a full-time student. For college grads who don't have jobs lined up that offer health insurance benefits, insure.com (a wholly owned subsidiary of Quotesmith.com) offers a wealth of advice and direction for securing insurance coverage.

These options include:

Option 1: Short-term health insurance

As its name implies, short-term health insurance lasts only one to six months. That makes it a potentially good option if you're between jobs or waiting for your employer-sponsored health plan to kick in. Coverage is generally comparable to that of an HMO or similar plan and typically includes various hospital charges, office visits, diagnostic tests, and prescription drugs.

Option 2: Catastrophic coverage

"Catastrophic health insurance" policies, as they are known, typically come with a very high deductible (ranging anywhere from $500 to $15,000) and a high maximum benefit payment, such as $2 million. They are intended only to pay for major hospital and medical expenses, not routine visits to the doctor's office or trips to the emergency room.

Option 3: COBRA

COBRA is generally purchased by people who are leaving a job and want to continue their current group health insurance, but it can also help young people who were previously covered under their parents' group health plan and then become ineligible because they reach the policy's age limit or are no longer full-time students. Those who were on their parents' policies can buy COBRA for up to 36 months

For more details on health insurance for recent college grads, see insure.com at http://www.insure.com.

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Founded in 1984, Quotesmith.com owns and operates two comprehensive online consumer insurance information services, www.insure.com and www.quotesmith.com. Catering to self-directed insurance shoppers, Quotesmith.com provides a comprehensive array of comparative auto, life and health quotes, including news, information and decision-making tools that are not available from any other single source. Visitors to the company's Web sites are able to obtain instant quotes from more than 300 leading insurers, achieve maximum savings and have the freedom to buy from any company shown. Quotesmith.com generates revenues from the receipt of commissions, fees, content licensing and advertising revenues paid by participating insurers. Quotesmith.com also provides personalized insurance brokerage and policy placement services for its customers. Shares of Quotesmith.com trade on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market under the symbol "QUOT."

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