2023 Open Enrollment Simplified: Understanding Your Health Insurance Options

November 30, 2023


Open Enrollment Simplified: Know Your Health Insurance Options

Understanding Open Enrollment: Your Ticket to Health Coverage

Ah, Open Enrollment – that yearly opportunity to review, change, or enroll in health insurance plans. If you’re wondering what the fuss is all about, buckle up because we’re diving deep into Open Enrollment 23-24 and the world of health insurance.

Everyone deserves affordable health insurance with the level of coverage that is right for them – and with these tips and tricks getting what you need is even easier than you think!

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What Can You Get During Open Enrollment?

During this period, individuals and families can sign up for health insurance plans offered through federal or state-based exchanges, employer-sponsored plans, or private insurance companies. 

It’s a chance to secure coverage or make changes to existing plans that better suit your needs.

Open Enrollment Tips by Revolt Healthcare Alliance

Deciphering Coverage Options

There are various types of health insurance plans available, but they typically fall into these categories:

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Plans:

PPO plans offer a network of healthcare providers, and you'll have the flexibility to choose providers both within and outside the network. PPO plans usually require the payment of deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Plans:

HMO plans typically have a network of healthcare providers, and you are required to choose a primary care physician (PCP) who coordinates your care. Referrals from the PCP are usually needed to see specialists. HMO plans often have lower out-of-pocket costs compared to PPO plans but may have more restrictions on provider choices.

High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs):

These plans have higher deductibles, but they also offer the opportunity to contribute to a tax-advantaged HSA. You can use the HSA funds to pay for eligible medical expenses.

Point of Service (POS) Plans:

POS plans are a hybrid of PPO and HMO plans. POS plans have a network of providers but you can also seek care outside the network, although with higher out-of-pocket costs. Like HMO plans, POS plans often require a PCP referral for specialist care.

Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) Plans:

EPO plans are similar to HMO plans but do not require a PCP referral for specialist care. However, like HMO plans, you may be limited to a specific network of providers.

Healthcare Sharing Ministries:

These types of plans are not true insurance and completely unregulated. They are a cooperative organization where members agree to "cover" each other's medical expenses. Members make monthly contributions (like premiums) that are supposed to be used to cover all the members medical expenses, however these ministries are not contractually obligated to any claims.

Plans offered can vary depending on age, health, state, and other factors.

What Kind Of Plan Is Right For Me? Balancing Premiums And Coverage

When choosing health insurance, it is important to weigh the balance between premiums and coverage. Premiums are the monthly fees for insurance, while coverage denotes the benefits provided.

Plans with lower premiums often come with higher out-of-pocket expenses – like deductibles and copayments. Conversely, higher premium plans tend to provide more extensive coverage.

Your decision should factor in your health needs, budget, and risk tolerance. If you’re generally healthy and seldom need medical attention, our customizable PPO Health Indemnity Plan Bundle offers the advantage of a low monthly premium along with limited out-of-pocket costs.

However, if you have pre-existing conditions or expect regular medical expenses, a plan with higher premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs might offer better financial protection.

Family Open Enrollment Tips

#1 Secret To Save Big:

Not all employers will cover family members on your health insurance. We see it every year, where the employer will cover the employee’s premium, but not the additional family members on their plan.

– this can amount to hundreds of dollars being deducted from your paycheck to cover your family’s monthly premium. 

For Example: Matthew, a self-employed financial planner in Carrollton, TX, couldn’t believe that his wife was having nearly $1,300 deducted from her paycheck every month to cover the health insurance premiums for him and their 3 kids. 

#1 Secret To Savings: Find out what your employer is contributing to your dependents coverage!

What can you do to recover those funds?

Get a separate plan for your spouse and kids. 

Matt shopped around on the marketplace and even looked at healthcare sharing ministry options before he met with one of our licensed agents.

Our expert was able to move him and his kids to their own private healthcare plan for only $521 per month! Their new plan comes with a PPO network, $0 copays, and $0 outpatient deductibles. 

Since Sarah’s employer covered her premium at nearly 100%, she was able to stay on her jobs plan for only $19 a month! 

This simple switch saved Matt’s family almost $760 per month!
That’s a savings of over $9,000 per year! 

Bottom Line:
If you’ve been paying a high premium, talk to one of our agents to find out if your employer is contributing to your dependent’s health insurance coverage – if they aren’t you can easily save thousands of dollars a year by switching your dependents to their own plan. 

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Network Considerations

Health insurance plans often have networks of healthcare providers, including doctors, specialists, hospitals, and clinics.

Providers within these networks have agreed upon set rates for their services, usually lower than what’s charged for out-of-network care.

When choosing a plan, it’s crucial to think about the network’s scope and how easy it is to reach these providers, especially if you have specific preferences for healthcare professionals or require access to specialists.

Prescription Drug Coverage

Another important aspect to consider is the prescription drug benefits offered by various health insurance plans. The cost of prescription drugs can be substantial, so having thorough coverage for the specific medications you require is essential.

Examine the formulary, which outlines the medications covered by the plan, and confirm that your existing prescriptions are listed. If you have continuous or long-term health issues, it’s wise to assess how well the plan covers medications needed for ongoing treatment or maintenance.

Out-of-Pocket Expenses and Deductibles

Expenses not covered by your premiums, like deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance, are known as out-of-pocket costs.

Deductibles represent the sum you’re responsible for paying before your insurance covers expenses.

Copayments involve set fees for particular services, such as doctor appointments or medications, while coinsurance entails sharing a percentage of costs with the insurance company after meeting your deductible.

Knowing your potential out-of-pocket expenses and deductibles is essential while comparing various health insurance plans.

Assess how these expenses might affect your financial situation by considering your usual healthcare needs and budget.

Flexibility and Portability

Consider your portability needs this year: are you planning to move or change jobs? 

A private health insurance plan (one that you purchase outside of your employer) can ensure that you have the portability you need to keep your coverage and avoid using COBRA should you need to change jobs.

Understanding your portability options can help ensure uninterrupted health coverage during such transitions.

Top Frequently Asked Questions About Open Enrollment:

When is Open Enrollment for 2023?

Open Enrollment for 2023 typically starts in the fall, usually between November and December. Specific dates can vary by state and marketplace, so check your local exchange for precise details.

Can I Change My Health Insurance Plan Outside of Open Enrollment?

Outside of Open Enrollment, changes to health insurance typically require a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) such as marriage or divorce, birth of a child or adoption, loss of coverage, moving to a new area, gaining citizenship, or significant income changes. These events trigger a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) allowing you to modify your plan. Rules and time frames vary by provider, so check eligibility with your insurer or marketplace.

What Happens If I Miss Open Enrollment?

If you miss the Open Enrollment period for health insurance without experiencing a Qualifying Life Event (QLE), you generally won't be able to enroll in a health insurance plan through the marketplace until the next Open Enrollment period.

Missing Open Enrollment can limit your options for obtaining comprehensive health coverage, so it's crucial to plan ahead and enroll during the designated period.

Are There Penalties for Not Having Health Insurance?

The penalty for not having health insurance, known as the individual mandate penalty, was eliminated at the federal level in 2019. However, some states have implemented their own individual mandates, so check your state's regulations.

What Documents Do I Need to Enroll?

Typically, you'll need personal information (Social Security numbers, birth dates) for everyone applying for coverage, income information, and information about any current health insurance policies.

Can I Keep My Doctor with a New Plan?

Before enrolling in a new plan, check the plan's network to ensure your preferred healthcare providers, including doctors, hospitals, and specialists, are included.

Our agents are happy to check for you to ensure that your doctors are in-network before you purchase a plan!

How Can I Estimate My Healthcare Costs?

Reviewing plan details, including deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance rates, can help estimate your potential healthcare costs for the year. Our licensed agents can also help you estimate your expenses.

Are There Options for Low-Income Individuals?

Subsidies and tax credits are available for eligible individuals and families with low to moderate incomes, making health insurance more affordable.

Our plan also offers premiums that are 40%-50% lower than traditional marketplace plans, making it a great option for lower income families.

Can I Change My Plan After I've Enrolled?

Once Open Enrollment ends, changes to your plan generally can't be made unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period due to a qualifying life event.

Where Can I Get Help Enrolling?

You can enroll in health insurance plans through the federal marketplace, state-based exchanges, or seek assistance from community health centers, or healthcare.gov.

Nothing beats a personal advisor though, which is why our licensed health insurance agents are ready to help you find the plan that is right for you! Even if it's not our plan!
Simply request a quote to get started and one of our agents will reach out to help you!

Choosing the right health insurance plan is a vital decision for families, impacting both their financial well-being and overall quality of care.

By considering factors such as cost, coverage, and individual needs, families can make informed decisions that align with their unique circumstances. Remember, it’s essential to strike a balance between affordability and coverage to ensure your health insurance plan truly meets your needs. 

Many families take advantage of our #1 Secret to save hundreds of dollars every month and receive better benefits for their families by checking their employer’s contributions to their dependent’s premiums!

(Not sure how? Give us a call 855.738.6585 – we’re happy to help!)

By understanding the tradeoffs and challenges associated with different health insurance options, you can navigate the complexities of the system and secure suitable coverage. Don’t hesitate to consult with HR representatives or our insurance experts to gain further insights into the available options. 

Now, armed with this guide, tackle Open Enrollment 2023 with confidence and secure the coverage that’s right for you!

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