Don’t wait to start your planning for health plan sign up. Finding the information you’ll need before the start of open enrollment will make the whole process simpler. If you break the task into easy-to-handle steps, it may even save you some last-minute worries.
First, keep the deadlines in mind. Open enrollment for 2020 starts Nov. 1, 2019, and ends Dec. 15, 2019. If you want your health insurance to start Jan. 1, the cut off is Dec. 15.
Second, do your research. Tips are available online to help you compare health plans. Learn basic health plan terms to help you grasp your choices and costs.
General Information You’ll Need
Personal Information You May Need
Financial Information You’ll Need
You can buy health coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace. You can also purchase directly from an insurance company or an online insurance seller. You can also get help from an agent or broker, at no cost to you.
But don’t wait. Planning will help you make a health insurance decision that works best for you and your family.
Original publish date: October 20, 2016
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Hi Shelly, I'm sure this has been very frustrating.
If you'd like to send us a private message I can see what we can do to help if you still need this information. ~ Kayla
I purchased insurance through an agent in December. I received my cards in the mail. Yet somehow my doctor and pharmacy cannot find my coverage. After 3 days of spending 2-5, yes 5 hours on the phone with BCBS I still have no coverage according to customer service. Oh BCBS took my $1500 and left my kids with no asthma meds. They promise it will post "tomorrow" but I don't know if tomorrow will ever come. The above article should include the reality.
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