It is the season to start thinking about health insurance. No matter your age or current coverage situation, the months of October 2014 through February 2015 are noteworthy. Please review the dates listed below to find out if you need to call or come in to see Rhiana Macaya Mitchell to secure or update your coverage.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
The Annual Election Period or AEP is October 15th through December 7th for enrollment or change for Medicare Advantage plans and/or stand-alone Part D drug plans. This coverage would then be effective January 1st, 2015. If you are a Medicare A&B enrollee and wish to add a stand-alone drug coverage plan, change your current drug coverage plan, add a MedAdvantage plan or change your current MedAdvantage plan, this is the time! You may also refer to www.medicare.gov for further information about the AEP.
The Open Enrollment Period or OEP is November 15th though February 15th for new individual or family plans both ON and OFF of the Health Insurance Marketplace. This is also the same period of time that a current health insurance enrollee may make a change to their plan and/or the health insurance carrier they currently have coverage with. Outside of qualifying for a Special Enrollment Period or SEP due to a qualifying life event (loss of employer coverage, permanent move, marriage, birth, etc.) this is the ONE time per year that coverage may be purchased or altered.
NOTE - If you were one of the many Idahoans to receive a tax credit in 2014 to help lower your monthly health insurance costs, you will have dates to remember and information to provide. As Idaho transfers from the federal healthcare.gov technology to Idaho’s own technology not all household data will be transferred from healthcare.gov to yourhealthidaho.org.
To ensure that Your Health Idaho processes your tax credit eligibility for 2015, you need to provide updated information. Please respond to any notice you receive from Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as they assist Your Health Idaho with this collection of information. Call Rhiana Macaya Mitchell with any questions or concerns about this process.
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