Doyle Statement on Open Enrollment Season
I want you to get the best health insurance coverage possible.
Most Americans get their health insurance through their employers, Medicare, or Medicaid. The federal government operates Healthcare.gov for individuals who can’t get health insurance through some other source. It’s an online shopping site where people can compare different private health insurance plans and enroll in the one they like best. It also provides financial assistance to many people to make their insurance premiums more affordable.
You can only sign up for a health insurance policy on Healthcare.gov for a short time each year. That ‘open enrollment’ period starts on November 1st and ends on December 15th.
During open enrollment, you can sign up for health insurance for the first time – or make changes to your existing coverage. Each year, Healthcare.gov offers many plans with different cost and coverage options, and you can compare them to make sure you are getting the biggest bang for your buck. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on your health care needs – and your budget.
Speaking of your budget, you may quality for additional savings based on your expected household income next year. In fact, more than 80% of Healthcare.gov users can find plans for less than $100 per month this year. So even if you’re currently enrolled in a health insurance plan through Healthcare.gov and your current plan checks all the right boxes, I would still encourage you to explore the other options available during this time.
Open enrollment runs from November 1 to December 15, 2019 – only six weeks – for health insurance coverage starting January 1, 2020.
Visit Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to get started. Free help is available to sign up for coverage – and you can find local agents, brokers, or free assisters by visiting https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.
If you have any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to call my office at (412) 664-4049.