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Open enrollment is the one time of year you adjust your health insurance coverage without special circumstances or a qualifying life event.

It can be a confusing and stressful time, so here are some tips when it comes to choosing your plan for the next year:

  • If you’re happy with your health care, make sure your doctors are included in the network for the health plans you are considering.
  • Decide which type of plan is best for you. With an HMO plan, your primary care physician provides most of your care and coordinates with other providers on your behalf. A PPO plan allows you to self-refer to specialists, and typically costs more than an HMO plan.
  • It’s easy to focus on the monthly premium, but consider other costs when comparing plans like deductibles and copays.
  • Make a list of your current medications and compare it to the plan’s list.