Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Begins November 1, 2016
Open Enrollment for 2017 begins November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017. If you are in need of an individual/family health insurance plan, make sure to apply during open enrollment. Also, if you are unhappy with your current plan, open enrollment is the time to switch plans.
Make sure to get several quotes for comparison and have your insurance broker review them with you. Health insurance plans have varying premium amounts, deductibles, copayments, coinsurance costs, out of pocket maximums, and drug benefits. You are going to want to find the right plan for your needs and budget.
There will be both PPO plans and HMO plans available. PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans allow you to visit any doctor within the network without first getting a referral from a primary care physician. There are also HMO plans (Health Maintenance Organizations), which require a primary care visit first, before being referred to an in-network specialist. Make sure you understand the difference between PPO plans and HMO plans before selecting one.
If you have a doctor that you go to regularly, it is important to check to make sure he or she is in the network before committing to a particular plan. Once you commit to your plan, always make sure to go to doctors, hospitals, labs, and medical facilities within the network. If you have network questions you should contact your broker to help you.
If you are a California resident in need of a health plan feel free to contact us at Secureterminsurance.com. We are insurance brokers dedicated to helping you find the right plan for your needs!