October 1 marked the first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) state-based Health Insurance Marketplace. Many may find themselves unsure as to who is required to get coverage, who is exempt and perhaps not clear how or if the ACA will affect them at all.
Choosing a Physician
How do I find a family doctor?
If you are looking for a family doctor, try talking to your friends and family. You can also use the "Find a Physician" tool to find a family doctor near you. Once you have the names of a few doctors, call their offices to get more information. Some things that you should ask include:
- Do they accept your insurance?
- What are the office hours?
- What hospital does the doctor use?
- How many doctors are in the practice?
Once you find a doctor who meets your needs, schedule an appointment so that you can meet and talk to the doctor.
During the appointment, make sure:
- You're comfortable talking to the doctor
- The doctor answers all your questions
- The doctor explains things so that you can understand
- You had enough time to ask all your questions
What if I need more specialized care?
Referrals to specialists often are made by a primary-care physician. If you need to see a specialist, discuss your concerns with your primary-care physician. Feel free to ask your doctor for more than one name if you wish to get a second opinion.
Do I need a referral in order to see a specialist?
In some cases, patients may make their own appointment with a specialist. You will need to verify with your insurance plan whether you are eligible to self-refer. You can also contact the specialist to make sure that he or she accepts self-referrals.
What's the easiest way to find a physician?
Click here or call 580-585-5409 or 800-588-0104