Which health insurance company is the best option for you and your family? Compare Molina and Aetna side by side.
Molina Healthcare was founded in 1980 by C. David Molina, an emergency room physician in Long Beach, CA. After seeing that patients were being turned away because the hospital would not accept Medi-Cal, he established his first primary care clinic in Wilmington, California in 1980. His goal was to treat the lowest-income patients. For 20 years, his son and fellow physician, J. Mario Molina, ran the company while he served as president and CEO. His younger son, John, was the CFO of Molina Healthcare. The two sons took over the company after their father’s death in 1996.
In 1850, Aetna Insurance Company created a fund to sell life insurance. In 1953 the life and health divisions of Aetna separated. The company’s first president was Eliphalet A. Bulkeley. The name “Aetna” was taken from an 11,000-foot volcano in Sicily, Italy, which was also the most active volcano in Europe.
Which health insurance company is better? We've made it easy to compare companies side by side. See how Molina and Aetna ranked among the industry ratings.
|Medicare Star Rating||3.5 stars (out of 5)|
|NAIC Complaint Index||6.27 for individual health insurance|
|Market Share Percentage||4.53%|
The Molina app allows users to find doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies, view claims, and pay your bill.
The Aetna Health app allows you to find a doctor in your area and see estimates of what certain procedures may cost. You can also view your benefits, review account balances, and manage your claims. The App is available on ios and Android.
|Molina Mobile App|
|Aetna Mobile App|
Each state has their own marketplace. If you’re not sure where to begin, visit https://www.healthcare.gov/.
Aetna is available through participating employers. You can also buy an individual or family plan directly from Aetna, the health insurance marketplace or you can get several free quotes with SmartFinancial.
At this time, Aetna offers Medicare, Medicaid, student health insurance and international insurance. For individual and family plans, they offer plans through eHealth, which compares rates from several companies for Affordable Care Act plans, short-term plans and medical indemnity plans.
To submit claims for reimbursement, contact member services at 1-888-898-7969. You can only inquire about 3 or fewer claims per call. You can also submit claim to: Molina Healthcare, P.O. Box 22668, Long Beach, CA 90801. You must make timely submissions of your claims or else you may forfeit your right to payment. For filing limits and instructions about electronic claims submissions with Molina Healthcare visit here.
If you use a network doctor or hospital, your claims will be submitted by that provider. If you see an out-of-network provider, you need to submit the claim yourself. You must submit a completed claim form or alternative documentation via fax or mailing address. As an alternative to sending a claim form, supply a description of services, a bill of charges from the provider and any medical documents you received from your provider.
While complaints are common on BBB, Molina offers a competitive managed care option for Medicaid and Medicare recipients. It is generally well regarded by the underserved and lower-income communities who use it.
Molina Dual Options is a health plan that contracts with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to provide benefits of both programs to members. This plan is also called Cal MediConnect in California.
As of January 1, 2017, Molina’s Medicaid pharmacy network no longer accepts Walgreens. Molina Medicare members, however, may continue using Walgreens. Walgreens does not participate in the Molina Marketplace pharmacy network.
Molina Healthcare covers dental services including oral surgery, x-rays, sealants, fillings, crowns (caps), root canals, dentures and extractions. It also covers a dental exam and one cleaning every six months. To find a provider, visit here and at the top of the page pick your state. At the bottom of the page you’ll be directed to an online provider directory.
Check out our full list of common questions about Molina.
Aetna offers Aetna Medicare, Aetna Medicaid, student health insurance and international insurance. They offer Affordable Care Act plans, short-term plans and medical indemnity plans through e-Health, which compares insurance partners’ rates for you. Or, you can just visit here for free health insurance quotes.
Most Aetna plans exclude coverage for hearing aids. Any applicable benefit plan exclusions and limitations for coverage of hearing aids would apply to air conduction hearing aids, implantable hearing aids and semi-implantable hearing aids.
Aetna offers Medicaid plans, which vary according to individual state Medicaid programs and has a different name in each state.
Check out our full list of common questions about Aetna.
|Molina Contact Info|
|Address||200 Oceangate, Suite 100, Long Beach, CA 90802|
|Phone||1 (562) 435-3666|
|Aetna Contact Info|
|Address||151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06156|
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