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Your Views: Do research to gauge value of health care marketplace

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January 29, 2014

The opening of Wisconsin's health care marketplace, in partnership with the federal government, represents an opportunity for uninsured Wisconsinites to purchase health insurance and take positive steps toward a healthy future.

Wisconsin residents can sign up for health insurance on the federal government's website, healthcare.gov, or apply by calling 800-318-2596. Although the website has had its challenges, it is being fixed to better serve those looking for insurance. There is a wealth of information on the website about plan options. Wisconsin consumers can also visit the website of the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance at oci.wi.gov/index.htm and click on “health care reform” for additional information about recent changes.

Another resource for Wisconsinites are local navigators who have been trained to help consumers select the best plan. To find a navigator, visit: LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov. Some of the questions consumers should consult a navigator about include: How much will my premium be? Are my doctor and hospital covered by this plan? Are the prescription medications I need covered?

Before choosing a plan, consumers should acquaint themselves with the available options and compare and contrast plans. Because each consumer has different health care priorities, there is no one plan that is perfect for everyone. Open enrollment for Wisconsin's marketplace lasts until March 31. This gives Wisconsinites plenty of time to research options and make informed decisions based on their needs.

ROB GUNDERMANN

Public policy director

Alzheimer's & Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin

Madison



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