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Town Hall On ACA Open Enrollment Coming To Tomahawk

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A state spokesperson says consumers should take an active role in their insurance choices as the open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act begins.

The Public Information Officer for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, Elizabeth Hizmi says people looking for insurance shouldn't take the first thing they see...

"....we're encouraging consumers to shop around and find insurance that works best for their needs, whether that's on the exchange or off the exchange. It pays to shop. If consumers feel overwhelmed, they should consider contacting a licensed insurance agent....."

She says one point to check is what is called auto-enrollment..

"....the federal department of Health and Human Services will auto-reenroll consumers into a new plan with a new insurer without the consumers input if the consumer does not do anything....."

Hizmi says some common mistakes include staying with the current plan without seeing what has changed, miscalculating your needs or focusing on premiums without considering co-pays, deductibles and your likely expenditures. If you have a doctor you like, they could be in your coverage network one year and out the next.

The office is hosting a healthcare town hall at the Tomahawk Public Library at 300 West Lincoln Avenue 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9.

More information is at the healthcare.gov website or at the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance in Wisconsin.

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