One of the most important parts of picking a health plan on the marketplace is picking a doctor from your planís network thatís right for you.
But just how does one pick a doctor and where can one go to find this information?
This installment of Texas Medical Associationís (TMAís) ďHey, DocĒ weekly education campaign answers that question.
How do I pick a doctor? Where can I find this information?
Those are tricky questions to answer right now because as youíve probably heard, there are some glitches with the federal marketplace right now.
But once those are sorted out, you should be able to apply online to shop for insurance and then link to a list of doctors in each planís network.
If you have trouble with Healthcare.gov, or prefer a live person, you can call the marketplace hotline at (800) 318-2596 and a representative should be able to help you with the application process so you can pick a doctor.
But remember: Not all plans have the same networks, and it varies by region, so you might want to do some shopping around to make sure you find a doctor or hospital thatís right for you.
Some insurance companies have directories of their marketplace plans and networks on their own company websites, so you can check there.
You can also find phone numbers for the insurance companies on their own websites, too.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMAís key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.