What Is Hospital Indemnity Insurance?

Hospital indemnity insurance provides a cash payment in the event of an unexpected hospital stay for a covered illness and/or injury. It gives you cash when you need it most and can help you pay any expense such as high deductibles or out-of-pocket expenses.

Why You Would Need Hospital Indemnity Insurance:

  • Provides assistance to help cover the costs incurred by a hospital stay.
  • Helps with additional expenses attached to time away from home, like meals, travel and lodging for loved ones.
  • Additional peace of mind to focus on what’s most important — getting better.

Hospital Indemnity Quoting Tool

See your plans summary with rates:

How Does Hospital Indemnity Insurance Work?

Enroll We have several options depending on your age and how much coverage you would like.
Enter the Hospital Benefits can start as soon as the first day.
File A Claim Let us know when you enter a hospital and you will receive cash payments ASAP.
Get Your Cash Paid directly to you.

Receive cash benefits when you are hospitalized

With three plans to choose from, you can select the coverage that helps pay expenses not covered by your medical insurance. Don't let a hospital stay derail your life plans. (New York residents: Your plan options are different and do not include all the benefits noted below. Please refer to your state-specific product summary above.)

MBA Hospital Indemnity Plan Benefit Amounts




HospitalDefense for members under age 65
1st Day in Hospital (Pays you 1x per year)$500$1,000$1,500
Each Day You are in the Hospital (up to 90 days a year)$100$150$200
Daily ICU Confinement (up to 30 days a year)$200$300$400
New York residents Daily Hospital Benefit (up to 90 days a year)$240--
HospitalDefensePLUS plans for members age 65 and older ALSO include:
Continuous Care Confinement (up to 30 days a year)$100$100$100
After leaving continuous care (1x payment per year)$1,000$1,000$1,000

Common Questions and Answers

Although you may have a good medical plan, chances are it doesn't cover 100% for hospital stays. These expenses can cause financial hardship; not only do you have increased medical expenses, you may also experience lost wages while hospitalized. A hospital indemnity plan helps pay for medical or day-to-day expenses while you are in the hospital.

The average cost of a hospital stay is over $11,0002. Don't let the high cost of hospital care affect your family's financial wellness.

2 HCUP Fast Stats. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). March 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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As a non-profit association, the Military Benefit Association was able to negotiate favorable rates from one of the top rated insurance carriers, The Hartford. You'll have both MBA and The Hartford behind you to ensure that you get the cash you need when you need it.

After joining MBA (free to join), getting coverage is easy and affordable. Coverage is guaranteed1 for eligible members with separate plans for those under age 65 and those between age 65-80. Coverage is also available for your spouse and/or dependent children.

All of our plans pay the Daily Hospital Confinement Benefit each day a covered person is confined to a hospital as an inpatient. The confinement must begin within 90 days after covered event occurs. This benefit is payable for up to the specified number days per year for each covered person. This benefit is only payable once per day, even if the confinement is the result of more than one covered event.

If a Covered Person is discharged from the hospital and again becomes confined as an inpatient for the same or related Covered Event within 90 days of discharge, it will be considered the same period of confinement.

This benefit does not cover treatment as an Outpatient or for a hospital stay of less than 20 hours.

Review the plan documents to determine your actual cost and level of benefits.

Depending on your age and coverage level, hospital indemnity insurance can cost as low as $4/month for an individual.

Find out how much a hospital plan will cost you.

Getting coverage is easy and affordable with:

  • Guaranteed coverage1 (in available States) - you cannot be turned down due to health
  • Economical group rates negotiated for our MBA members
  • Benefits available for your spouse and/or dependent child(ren)
  • Direct payment to you

For more info: 1 877-622-1020 Existing members: 1 800-336-0100