Columbia, MD


A small city with increasing numbers, Columbia, Maryland has become a popular place to live over the past thirty years. With a thriving locally-based economy and a short commute to Baltimore, Columbia provides a great combination of stability and community. Despite one of the main attractions being the large Mall in Columbia, the suburban city has plenty of other reasons to enjoy living in the area. The outdoor performance venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is another large draw of Columbia during the summer – bringing large acts and festivals to the area. Located in Symphony Woods, the lakefront center is a prime spot for live music and entertainment.

Historical buildings and museums add to Columbia culture, featuring many preserved homes from as early as the colonial era. Art enthusiasts can visit the African Art Museum or Columbia Arts Center for international and national artists’ works on display. Galleries with local creators also¬† are offered throughout the city of Columbia, adding to its community charm.

Local Columbians can take advantage of several outdoor areas for recreation, with huge lakes for sailing, fishing, and boating, and their corresponding parks. Lakes Kittamaqundi, Wilde, and Elkhorn are surrounded by parks with grounds ready for jogging, walking, and biking on several paths encircling the lakes. Other sites in Columbia offer horseback riding, a skate park, water slides, a sports park, and indoor and outdoor courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball, and other sports.

If you are a resident of Columbia in search of a health plan, you have several solid options to choose between. Carriers offering individual and family plans in your city include Aetna, UnitedHealthOne (Golden Rule), Coventry, and Kaiser Permanente. For a quote specific to you and your family in Columbia, enter your zip code below. If you need any assistance or have questions about your health insurance options, call us at 888 803 5917.

To give an example of the most affordable health insurance offered in Columbia, a quote was run for a 30-year-old male, nonsmoking resident. This resident is in good health and is looking for health insurance that will be reasonable on a monthly premium basis as well as for the cost of services. Along with budget-consciousness, this resident was to have access to lots of benefits in case they end up needing to use any major medical or physician service.

In order to find  plans that fit this description, we used a $2500 deductible and selected the plans that we would recommend to this client based on their request. Plan options in Columbia range from PPO to HSA, giving you the option of choosing plans with copays for immediate benefits or paying out-of-pocket until you reach your deductible. You can also start a savings account specifically for medical costs with an HSA. The following are our recommendations for the sample applicant from each company we carry in Columbia.