Hewitt Offers Tips for Online Healthcare Enrollment

October 16, 2000 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - With healthcare enrollment season just around the corner, Hewitt's Sageo has put together a list of Top Ten Tips for Online Healthcare Enrollment that employers can use to help employees make better choices.

Take advantage of online tools – to help you determine which plan best meets your needs in terms of cost, coverage, and physician and hospital networks.

Surf before you leap – use the Internet to better understand your health plan options, review physician and hospital directories, and  obtain disease management advice.

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Consider the source – online or offline, make sure that your information is reliable, and from a credible source before acting on it.

Make it a family affair – get your family involved in reviewing the options and making the best overall choice.

Expect the unexpected – the Internet can help you figure out what you may need to do if you move, marry or have a new baby.

Use offline support for online questions – online enrollment is designed to make it easier, but if you have questions better to ask than guess.  Look for a phone number in your enrollment kit.

A little privacy – check out the security and privacy policies of your site by reviewing its privacy statements.

Keep a record – most sites allow you to keep an online record of your benefits selections, and you can always print the confirmation screen to file with your important documents.

Mind the deadline – give yourself time to enroll in the right plan to avoid being assigned to a basic plan that may not meet your needs.

Use the Internet – to stay in touch with your alternatives all year long.