Know Your Numbers
June 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
Numbers are all around us – phone, credit card, and ID numbers. But do you know these important numbers? A critical life change on the path to good health begins with knowing you blood pressure and cholesterol numbers as well as other important facts about you that only a visit to you doctor can provide.
If you don’t know where to begin, call us. ASPIN Health Navigators can help you understand the value health insurance coverage and help you get ready for the next open enrollment period that begins November 15. You can even create an account on healthcare.gov to be fully prepared for the next open enrollment period.
More important you may be able to get health insurance now if you qualify.
Call us to see what is available to you. For example, if you kept a non-marketplace plan that is not on the calendar year and you choose not to renew that plan, you are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) to enroll in a marketplace plan within 60 days of your plans expiration. These marketplace plans often come with premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions that lower your monthly premium.
Before the start of the next open enrollment period on November 15, you may get married, start a family, change jobs, move, or turn 26 – these events may enable you to qualify for a special enrollment period. You may gain or change your immigration status and that may qualify you for a special enrollment period before open enrollment begins again.
If you lose Medicaid or CHIP, either due to a rise in income or other factors, you will generally qualify for a special enrollment period and may enroll in marketplace coverage. Some exceptions to this exist, so check with your ASPIN Health Navigator for the details.
All of these opportunities to help you take charge of you own health. Knowing your numbers is the first step and ASPIN Health Navigators can help you find insurance to get you started on the road to better health.