What is a primary insured and secondary insured?
Primary insurance pays first for your medical bills. Secondary insurance pays after your primary insurance. Usually, secondary insurance pays some or all of the costs left after the primary insurer has paid (e.g., deductibles, copayments, coinsurances).
What does it mean to have a secondary insurance?
A separate plan that offers additional benefits is called secondary insurance. Your secondary health insurance can be another medical plan, such as through your spouse. More often, it's a different type of plan you've purchased to extend your coverage.
Why do you need secondary insurance?
Secondary insurance plans work along with your primary medical plan to help cover gaps in cost, services, or both. Supplemental health plans like vision, dental, and cancer insurance can provide coverage for care and services not typically covered under your medical plan.
How does insurance work when you have 2?
If you have multiple health insurance policies, you'll have to pay any applicable premiums and deductibles for both plans. Your secondary insurance won't pay toward your primary's deductible. You may also owe other cost sharing or out-of-pocket costs, such as copayments or coinsurance.