Less Time and Fewer Options Highlight this Year’s Open Enrollment

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open enrollment—the time of year when individuals can make changes to their current ACA health insurance plan or enroll for the first time—is right around the corner. This year open enrollment begins on November 1 and ends December 15, which is half as long as it was last year.

In this recent article in Community Impact, Dr. Norman Chenven, founding CEO of Austin Regional Clinic, discussed the impact that the shortened enrollment time plus other changes, such as reduced health insurance options and increased prices, will have on Central Texans.

“The cost of health care has been a real challenge for everyone,” Chenven said. “We see health plans and employers trying different mechanisms to manage the cost, but that has resulted in some complex situations. It’s hard [for people]to make good decisions when you’re sick and need help.”

Dr. Chenven advises all Texans to check if their current primary care provider accepts the insurance they are considering and understand the benefits structure of a plan, such as which plans offer high premiums versus high copays. He cautions everyone participating in open enrollment this year to take their time and compare their options.

You can review ARC’s insurance plans at austinregionalclinic.com/insurance. Since last year we have added Sendero health plans and Oscar. If you have questions about what plans we offer you can call 512-ARC-INFO (512-272-4636).

Tags: Dr. Norman Chenven, health insurance, Community Impact, Open Enrollment

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