I’m one of those people who ALWAYS catches little colds throughout the year. I generally warn people in my office that if a family member is really sick, or they aren’t feeling 100% – they shouldn’t get too close to me. Casing point, last year my fiancé had a team dinner with a few of his colleagues and one person ended up going to the doctor later that week to get treated for strep throat. My fiancé didn’t even get a sore throat but was somehow able to carry it home to me. I ended up with high fever, no voice, and a ton of antibiotics since I contracted strep from his colleague.
To say I was frustrated was an understatement. It was a busy time of year and I was out of work for 5-days allowing my body to rest and recuperate.
Knowing how easy it is for me to catch colds, investing in my health has always been a priority in my life – for both treatment and preventative care. I’m also so excited (and grateful) for all of the improvements that have been made in the medical field over the last 5-10 years. I remember having one doctor, in one city, and if anything went wrong and I wasn’t near the office, it was rough. Or having the lack luster infirmary in college…but I digress.
Now, I’m able to make appointments and be treated by many of my doctors virtually. My primary care doctor has an app that I’m able to request treatment (for the everyday colds, UTIs, ect), make appointments, update my insurance, have virtual appointments over video, and actually text/email my doctor with follow up questions. And did I mention that they run on-time? I’ve never had to wait in the office for a scheduled appointment more than 5-minutes.
And, having great healthcare starts with having coverage. Now is the time to invest in your health and take action to get covered. Open enrollment is a brief window – made even shorter this year – that runs from November 1 through December 15 nationally (through January 31 in NY and CA). It’s the only time you can sign up to get coverage for the year ahead (except for a few special circumstances – for instance, I may switch to my fiancé’s insurance when we get married in August).
I know the last weeks of the year are some of the busiest with holidays and end-of-year parties BUT you don’t want to miss the deadline to get covered so you can have a healthy 2018.
When you’re checking out options, head on over to howtogetcovered.com for information to help you make the best choice for your coverage in 2018.
This post was written in collaboration with Collectively and Oscar. As usual, all opinions are my own.