For those who procrastinated, there are six more weeks to sign up and/or compare options. The numbers suggest that tens of thousands in this state simply let their 2014 policies renew. That may bring a bigger bill in January, but it's not too late to switch. You can still shop around and make a new choice that will be effective in February or March.
Linker notes that unlike last year, when choices were final, this year's rules allow changes up to Feb. 15 even if you already made a 2015 selection. He suggests using the next six weeks to call your doctors and check with your preferred hospitals to make sure they're in the network for your plan. Even if you checked when you were buying, there can be hiccups and last-minute changes. It's better to discover them while you still have options than when you're sick and stuck.