Open Enrollment update: I&F, Medicare Advantage

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I&F, Medicare OE deadlines‘Tis the season…to enroll in individual and family (I&F) and Medicare plans. Open Enrollment is well underway and we got off to a great start with a high-level of interest in our I&F and Medicare Advantage plans. We’ve been experiencing increased call volumes from both prospective and current members, and Medicare Advantage seminar attendance has been strong.

What to expect in 2017

As your clients consider their options, you can reassure them that the Group Health plan they purchase for coverage in 2017 will remain in place, with no changes to premiums, costs, or benefits for the duration of the coverage year, regardless of whether the acquisition of Group Health Cooperative by Kaiser Permanente is approved and moves forward.

Enrollment deadlines to keep top of mind

Make sure your clients are well aware of the upcoming Open Enrollment deadlines.

  • Medicare: Dec. 7, 2016
  • I&F:
    • For plan enrollment or changes direct from Group Health for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2017:
      • Dec. 23, 2016: preferred deadline
      • Dec. 31, 2016: cutoff deadline
    • For plan enrollment or changes via Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2017:
      • Dec. 15, 2016: preferred deadline
      • Dec. 23, 2016: cutoff deadline
    • Jan. 31, 2017: Open enrollment ends for coverage in 2017. After this date, your clients can enroll or change plans only if they qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

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