Dear Addy: Open Enrollment Period

 Note: This article was updated on 11/10/2015 to reflect Open Enrollment dates for plans beginning in 2016.  Dear Addy,I am not happy with my current health insurance. My work told me that I can’t change my plan until the “Open Enrollment Period” starts. What is an open enrollment period and why do I have to wait?Signed,Ready for […]

Dear Addy: Open Enrollment

Dear Addy,It is open health insurance enrollment time for my company. Do I still have to worry about qualifying for coverage because I have a pre-existing condition?Open Enrollment Jitters in Minnesota___________________________Dear Jitters,The cold in Minnesota should make you shake more than the issue of pre-existing conditions in 2014. Starting in on January 1, being sick […]

Dear Addy: Marketplace Enrollment

Dear Addy,I am self-employed and need health insurance. When can I enroll in the Marketplace plans and when will this coverage start?~Self-Employed _____________________Dear Self-Employed,You can apply for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013. Coverage under Marketplace plans starts as soon as January 1, 2014. Open enrollment ends […]

Dear Addy: Marketplace

Dear Addy, I work for a small business. Health insurance through my company for my family costs $1,000 a month. At the end of the year, the monthly premium will jump to $1,300 a month, and we can’t afford to pay that much. On top of this, for emergency care and hospitalizations we have to […]

Medicare Enrollment Period Ends December 7, 2011

Medicare annual open enrollment ends in less than 1 week.  Medicare beneficiaries who do not have a Part D plan can enroll in one, and those who do have Part D coverage can change plans.  Beneficiaries can also return to traditional Medicare from a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, enroll in an MA plan, or change […]

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins October 15th This Year

From the Medicare Rights Center:Did you know that there are new dates to remember for Medicare’s Fall Open Enrollment Period? Starting in 2011, Fall Open Enrollment (also known as the Annual Coordinated Election Period, or ACEP) begins on October 15 and lasts through December 7.During this period, people with Medicare have the right to change […]