GoDirect Health Insurance Services

5 Things You Need to Know About Open Enrollment for 2020

Open Enrollment for the 2020 coverage year is upon us! Here’s everything you need to know.

#1 – For Most People, This is Your Only Chance to Sign Up or Change Your Coverage

Unless you experience a qualifying event throughout the year (change in employment, marital status, new baby, etc.), then Open Enrollment is your only chance to sign up for health insurance or switch to a new policy.

Important Dates

  • We can help you renew your plan starting October 1, 2019
  • We can help you get a new plan or change your plan starting October 15, 2019
  • Open Enrollment closes January 15, 2020

#2 – State Mandate & Tax Penalty

California has passed a state mandate to purchase insurance. In other words, if you go without health insurance in 2020 you will have to pay a penalty on your taxes. That’s one reason to make sure you are covered next year. The other reason? Because all it takes is one injury, one major illness or condition, or one trip to the hospital and you could be on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars!

#3 – Income Guidelines Expanded for Covered California

Covered California has significantly altered the income guidelines to help more Californians qualify for subsidies (discounts) in 2020. These subsidies can drastically reduce monthly insurance premiums, helping many individuals and families who might otherwise not be able to afford health insurance. Below are two scenarios to illustrate how the income guidelines will be changing.

  • A single individual with income below $74,940 annually in 2020 may qualify for assistance (up from $48,540 in 2019)
  • A family of four with household income below $154,500 annually in 2020 may qualify for assistance (up from $100,400 in 2019)

These are significant changes and will help thousands of Californians find more affordable insurance in 2020. Please make an appointment with us so we can evaluate your situation and tell you what you might qualify for.

#4 – Confirm That You Have Access to Your Doctors and Hospitals

Doctor networks, or the list of doctors associated with an insurance company, change often. Contact us to review what plans your doctors are accepting and to make sure you are with the most affordable plan you can get.

#5 – We are an Official Covered California Enrollment Center

We are an official Covered California Enrollment Center and can help you find a Covered California plan! First we will find out what kind of discounts you might receive on your monthly premium, and then we can help you decide which plan and which insurance company is right for you. Just give us a call at 888-411-1095, email us at info@godirecthis.com or make an appointment to visit one of our offices.

We strive to provide you with professional and prompt service to help manage your healthcare. Our goal is to make the insurance process easy to understand and provide you with accurate information so you can be confident that you have the right insurance when you need it.

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