Consumers have a variety of insurance companies to choose from in Maryland for help with medical costs. This article will help you make an informed choice for you and your family.

The Golden Rule Health Insurance Company focuses solely on individual health insurance products, with more than 50 years of expertise in individual health. It has been recognized by the Ward Financial Group as a top performer for financial health, and given an Excellent rating by financial analysis group A.M. Best, powerful indicators of the company's stability and safety in supporting your individual health insurance needs. The company is dedicated to customer service and provides responsive Client Service Representatives for every stage of client relationship, from first application all the way through claims.

Aetna Health Insurance specializes in group life, dental pharmacy, disability and long term care insurance along with coordinated health insurance coverage for companies of all sizes and government plans in all 50 states. Aetna is dedicated to providing easier access to high quality health care, and protecting people from financial risk caused by catastrophic health care needs.

Assurant Health, formerly known as Fortis, offers a variety of individual and small group health insurance products. Assurant features student insurance and short term medical plans, as well as individual medical insurance coverage to people who have Rheumatoid Arthritis, a feature rarely seen in the personal health insurance industry.

The CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield plan is licensed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the largest family of health benefits companies in the United States. One of the largest health care insurers on the East Coast, CareFirst serves more than 3 million members, offering plans for companies of any size and individuals who don't have access to group health insurance. Eighty percent of American hospitals and 90% of American doctors accept Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Coventry Health Care offers access to its provider networks and a number of local health plans in more than a dozen mid-Atlantic and southeastern United States markets. In Maryland Coventry specializes in Small Group Health Plans, locally owned plans and provider sponsored plans.