It won’t be long, as 7.5 million Ohioans prepare for open enrollment periods for their health insurance.   Health care officials say its an important time to prepare, and know your stuff.   And if you don’t know how, contact someone in the field.

Here are five basic tips to get you started:

Know your open enrollment dates, for seniors on Medicare that period runs from October 15th through December 7th.

Take time to review your options, because one size doesn’t fit everyone.  Your needs and costs are different that others.

Make sure your doctor is in your plan’s care provider network.  That could change from year to year.

Don’t forget about additional benefits like dental and vision, or disability- they might be affordable options.

And take advantage of wellness programs, they often reward people for making healthy choices.

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