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What can employees do to make smart choices during Open Enrollment?

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Open Enrollment for 2017 employer-sponsored health plans and Marketplace health plans begins this fall and runs through the end of January 2017. For many Houston-area employees, it also means that employers can sign up for an affordable, high-quality employer-sponsored health plan such as KelseyCare, or individual healthcare coverage through the federal exchange or through a state website should it be available. Under the healthcare law, your employees can buy health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace for Individuals and Families instead of accepting the insurance you offer.


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While there are special enrollment periods for those who qualify — due to a marriage, having a baby, losing other coverage or other life events — the next couple of months is the best time to find affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage.

If you are shopping for a plan on the federal exchange, there are certain steps you should take in order to find the best possible plan and not compromise any of your personal information. Of course, visiting the federal healthcare website is a great place to start looking and will be an invaluable resource when it comes to decide on which plan is right for you and your family.

Beyond total costs, you will want to look at how comprehensive the plan is. What are the preventive care options, and what ailments do they actually cover? It is also important to check the network of medical professionals that will be available to you under a certain plan versus another one. If you already have a doctor that you trust, you will want to ensure he or she is included. If not, this could force you into picking out an entirely new doctor from the list of options in front of you.

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Christine Tricoli is manager of Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2004. She is responsible for developing new business relationships with key business leaders, plan sponsors and the brokerage community. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold, Christine was a senior sales account executive for a major health insurance company in the Houston market. She brings more than 30 years of experience in managed healthcare in Houston. Christine holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Group 1 Insurance License. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Topics: healthcare costs, Saving money

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