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Is it legal to have medical insurance from a private health plan and still use a company paid plan for health costs during the 1 year waiting period for the private insurance to start paying claims?

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Check your SPD or plan of benefits. Generally speaking, unless it is specifically excluded then yes, it is legal. There is a process called COB: "Coordination of Benefits," whereby two employer-sponsored health plans will coordinate which plan pays first, or is the "primary" payer. For example if you had coverage through your employer and your wife had coverage through her employer, the insurers would coordinate benefits between the two policies. This, however, is not the case when an individual purchases his or her own policy outside of an employment scenario for personal coverage.
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