Angie's list being proactive when choosing your health plan

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Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 11:54am

It can be confusing, boring and time consuming, we're talking about open enrollment.

Open enrollment season is in full swing and the information overload can be overwhelming.

In today's Angie's list report, why it pays to be proactive when choosing your health plan.

Changes in health care have put us in the driver's seat. Now is the time to do your research, weigh all options and pick a health plan that's right for you.

"Taking advantage of the open enrollment period is a time for you to evaluate what your insurance covers and make sure you assess your needs you are going to have over the next year. If you have to make changes to your insurance you can do it now before it's too late."

When charlie Klumpp turned 65, she learned her physician;s practice didn't accept Medicare.

After paying for a couple of office visits out of pocket, Klumpp decided to switch doctors.

Now she always checks with doctors before scheduling an appointment.

"I called, talked to the business offices and said, "I am a Medicare patient. That's my primary. I have a secondary insurance. Will you file that for me? Do you have any concerns about taking on an additional Medicare patient?"

"One thing many people over look is whether their doctor is going to continue to accept their insurance. While you are evaluating insurance, have a conversation with your doctor, especially if you're in the midst of a longer term treatment plan to be sure that you are still going to be covered. The last thing you want to have to do is change your doctor in the middle of treatment because of an insurance issue."

If you don't understand what your plan does and does not cover, you could end up spending more money.

Angie's list says if you decide to work with an insurance broker who's an independent agent, you'll want to make sure he or she has the necessary credentials and is appropriately licensed.

Requirements vary in each state, but generally insurance agents must pass an exam to become licensed and certified.

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