Health Care Open Enrollment: Shopping For Plans

Open enrollment for healthcare is well underway.

But this year, many people are taking a closer look at their plans to make sure they are getting the best deal.

"Once December 15th is over you are committed to that policy for the rest of the year," said Nicole Carlson, Agent Broker.

Now's the time to start shopping.

"I think it's important to shop right now just to make sure you're in the right policy and that it's affordable," said Carlson.

Prices for healthcare have jumped --- making many more people aware of their plans.

"I noticed that the healthcare prices were rising and I wanted to check out the other options that are out there," said Viola Richardson, Healthcare Shopper.

It's Viola's first year shopping for healthcare and she's taking a close look into plans to make sure she finds the perfect fit.

"I think it's good for me to see what's all out there especially with me being so young," said Richardson.

"I think we're just seeing a lot more people shopping for health insurance, seeing if they can compare different prices with different carriers," said Carlson.

According to CNN Money, nationwide more than 600,000 people signed up for healthcare in only the first four days into open enrollment, which is nearly double of last year's.

"I've definitely, I think seen more people shopping for health insurance," said Carlson.

I reached out to our local insurance department. They were unable to give out the number of signups for this year until open enrollment is closed.

"I would definitely advise people to do health care shopping," said Richardson.

If you don't get healthcare, you could pay the consequence.

"The penalty is minimum fine 695 dollars or 2.5 percent of your income," said Carlson.

"It's good to know what kind of options you have out there," said Richardson.

So you find the plan that works best for you.

Open enrollment lasts through December 15th.


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