Open Enrollment Tips: How to Keep Your ARC Doctor
November 14, 2017
The open enrollment period for many people’s health benefits is right now. We’ve put together these tips to help with the process. Whether you’re selecting a plan from your employer, the Health Insurance Exchange or Medicare, make sure the plan you choose allows you to keep your ARC doctor.
Know Your Enrollment Deadline
The most important thing to know about your open enrollment is the deadline. Make sure you enroll by the due dates listed below:
- Employer Health Plans: various deadlines, check with your employer for your deadline.
- Health Insurance Exchange: Dec. 15, 2017 deadline.
Visit Healthcare.gov to review insurance plans. Please note there are local individualized plans that are ACA-approved and accepted by ARC. All plans accepted at ARC can be found on our insurance listing.
- Medicare: Dec. 7, 2017 deadline.
If you need help comparing and choosing a Medicare Advantage plan, we recommend MedicareCompareUSA. They can help you find a plan that works for you: call toll-free 1-866-391-7582 or visit the MedicareCompareUSA page.
Check That Your ARC Doctor Is In-Network
When selecting a plan, don’t lose your ARC doctor. To ensure that your plan includes the Austin Regional Clinic doctors you know and trust, check our insurance listing to see if the plan is in-network.
If you need help determining if ARC accepts your plan:
- Call Austin Regional Clinic: 512-ARC-INFO at 512-272-4636, or
- Call the insurance company offering the plan you are considering.
Consider Your Insurance Goal(s)
As you review your health insurance options and choose coverage for next year, one thing to consider is how much you intend to use health care and if you need to be covered for an emergency.
For example, do you have young children, do you live an active lifestyle, does anyone in your family take prescriptions regularly, do you or your family members often get sick or injured, are you financially prepared for the unexpected? Asking yourself these questions can help you select a plan that’s right for you and your family.
For additional information about health insurance, visit our Health Insurance Frequently Asked Questions page.