The 2018 Open Enrollment Period begins on November 1st, 2017 and ends on December 15th, 2017, but there is more to those dates this year. We wanted to give you some important information to help guide you through this Open Enrollment Period.
If you currently are enrolled until 12/31/17 on BCBS, and recevied a letter stating your plan is ending you have extended time to enroll:
November 1st and December 15th, is the standard open enrollment period for this year.
December 16th- February 28th will be a special enrollment period for those with coverage ending.
We strongly advise holding onto the letter that states your plan is ending, as you will need this should you apply outside the standard open enrollment period, even if you plan to apply inside the 45 days, it's a good idea to hold onto it.
We recommend calling ASAP and not waiting till the last day of the deadline for what effective date you would like, as we often experience higher call volume, wait times, and website issues around the 15th of the month due to the large population of people across the country doing the exact same thing.
The best thing to do is to contact our office and let us know when the best time to call you is as soon as possible. You can do that be Emailing Holly, who is the agent in the office. Or by calling and leaving a message on the machine or with Beth, our Assistant. Please be sure to include your name and what the best time to call you is.
As you can imagine this is a very busy time for our office, and we want to give every single one of our clients the attention they deserve. Often this means that we have had entire days booked up before November 1st. Between scheduled calls we will be doing our best to contact all of our clients back that have called to be put in queue. Sometimes we may not get back to you the same day, which could mean that our call volume has been extremely heavy. We promise to call as soon as we can, and if you haven't heard from us in several days we encourage you to call back.
We look forward to talking to each of you this year!