Open Enrollment: Your Chance to Get the Care you Need, Closer to Home

It’s open enrollment season. But what does that mean for you? In this article, we’ll help you understand why it’s a good idea to spend a little time learning about your insurance benefits and how it can help you get the care you need when you need it. 

What Is Open Enrollment?
In case you’re not familiar, here’s an overview of open enrollment.  

Normally, you’re not allowed to make changes to your health insurance unless you go through a life-changing event, such as having a child or getting married. But during open enrollment, anyone can sign up for health insurance or make changes to their existing coverage. This year, the Federal open enrollment period runs from November 1 to January 15 for coverage beginning January 1, while the open enrollment period for coverage beginning February 1 is December 16 to January 15. 

Why Is Open Enrollment Important?
Signing up for a new insurance plan can feel overwhelming. There can be many options available to you and it’s sometimes hard to know how you’re going to use your insurance at the time you sign up. All these factors can combine to make it difficult to make an informed decision. 

One of the biggest reasons open enrollment is important is that it’s an opportunity to make sure you get the care you need. Not every insurance carrier allows you to access your providers of choice. Similarly, during open enrollment, you may be able to find a carrier that covers a higher percentage of the cost for your preferred provider. 

Make Sure You’re Able to Access Care That’s Close to Home
At Jefferson Healthcare, we are proud to serve East Jefferson County. Our goal is to provide top-quality care to the people in our community so you can access the services you need without traveling far from home. 

To make sure that your insurance provider allows you to get the care you need from Jefferson Healthcare, visit the Billing and Insurance page. There you’ll find a list of insurance carriers that contract with Jefferson Healthcare. You can also contact your insurance provider directly to see if your plan gives you access to care at our hospital and clinics. 

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