Open Enrollment

In San Joaquin County, it's easy to find health care that helps you be at your best. This Open Enrollment, choose a plan that includes Dignity Health's doctors and hospitals.


Let's get started

Health plans can be complex, but we're here to help. Browse this page to learn more about Dignity Health or select an option below to get started. If you still feel lost and are not sure where to start, check out our frequently asked questions or helpful tips for navigating Open Enrollment.

Insurance options

Choosing a health plan begins with knowing what options are available to you.

Our locations

Dignity Health has multiple locations serving Stockton and the surrounding area.

Frequently asked questions

Health plans can be confusing. We're here to help answer your questions.


How do you get health insurance?

We understand choosing a health plan can be complicated. Our goal is to help take the guesswork out of the process so you can feel confident the health plan you select will offer the greatest coverage at a rate that fits within your budget.

How you enroll in a health plan—and which options are available to you—depend on how you get your insurance. Some of the most common methods are included below. Select an option to learn more.

I have health insurance through my employer

This Open Enrollment, be sure the health plan you choose includes Dignity Health. Ask your HR Benefits Manager or click below to learn more.

I buy my own insurance

Get health coverage for your whole family through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Click below to learn about available options.

I am eligible for Medicare

Considering a Medicare Advantage plan? Click below or contact your current broker or licensed insurance agent for more information.


Our locations

Dignity Health offers a growing number of health care services throughout Stockton. At the center of it all is St. Joseph's Medical Center, a 355-bed acute care hospital offering nationally-recognized heart and stroke care, joint replacement and orthopedics, maternity and family care, robotic and minimally-invasive surgery, and more. Additionally, located just minutes away, St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Center provides comprehensive treatment for psychiatric and chemical dependency disorders. The Center has 35 beds and offers inpatient, outpatient, and day treatment services.

At Dignity Health, we believe total wellness—mind, body, and spirit—extends far beyond the walls of our hospitals. We also offer several programs and wellness classes that are designed to keep you at your best.

St. Joseph's Medical Center

1800 N. California Street, Stockton, CA

At a glance:

  • 24/7 emergency care with Online Waiting Room
  • Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission
  • Nationally recognized patient safety ('A' rating from The Leapfrog Group)
  • Award-winning cardiac care at St. Joseph's Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Comprehensive orthopedic and spine care
  • Private birthing suites and onsite neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Robotic and minimally invasive surgery

St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Center

2510 N. California Street, Stockton, CA

At a glance:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists, doctors, and licensed professionals
  • Inpatient program offering therapeutic interventions and medication stabilization
  • Outpatient services, including intensive and chemical dependency programs for adults and adolescents, as well as individual, marriage, and family therapy
  • Behavioral evaluations and mental health screenings provided to anyone in need, free of charge

Dignity Health Medical Group - Stockton

Three locations serving Stockton and San Joaquin County

At a glance:

  • Three clinics conveniently located throughout Stockton
  • Primary care, family medicine, and specialty care, including OB/GYN, gastroenterology, endocrinology, radiation oncology, colon and rectal care, and general surgery
  • Virtual visits offering convenient access to physicians without having to leave home


Tips for navigating Open Enrollment

To make the most of your choices during open enrollment, it’s important to understand what your choices are and what effect these choices have on the health care you and your family will receive in the coming year. We can help.


Frequently asked questions

Open Enrollment is a time of year when you can sign up for health insurance. Additionally, you may qualify to enroll if you have a qualifying life event, like losing coverage through your employer.


Open Enrollment dates depend on the type of insurance. These are the dates to enroll for coverage in 2022:

  • Medicare Advantage: October 15, 2021 - December 7, 2021
  • Individual Market: November 1, 2021 - January 31, 2022

You may check with the health plan(s) to determine if the hospital(s) or doctor(s) are in-network with the health plan. If you need a primary care physician (PCP) or are looking for a specialist, we can help.

One type of health insurance is not better than the other, but there are differences. With an HMO plan, you will choose a Primary Care Provider (PCP) who will coordinate any specialty care you may need. Services are all provided through physicians and facilities in the health plan's HMO network. With a PPO, you may also choose a PCP, but you will not need a referral to see another physician. It will usually cost less to see in-network physicians than out-of-network physicians. Whether you are considering an HMO or a PPO, you can determine which doctors, medical groups, hospitals, etc. are in the network before you enroll.

A primary care physician (PCP) helps you manage your health. Common services include regular physical exams, prescribing medications, treating minor illness and injuries, managing chronic conditions, and screening for common health problems.


Should you need specialized care, your primary care physician can expertly guide your next steps and connect you to the right specialist. There are five main types of primary care physicians: family medicine doctors for the whole family; internal medicine-pediatric doctors for preventing and treating diseases; pediatricians who specialize in children; internal medicine doctors who care for adults; and OB-GYNs for adult women.


Choosing and building a relationship with one of these doctors can help you live a healthy lifestyle based on your individual needs.

Dignity Health is not a health insurance company. Dignity Health is a provider network of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff who deliver excellent care to diverse communities in hospitals, physician offices, and other types of care centers in California, Arizona, and Nevada. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California.

It's a good idea to confirm your doctor and your hospital of choice are covered by your new insurance for the upcoming year by checking the insurance website or calling your insurance carrier directly. Do not assume your physician is covered without checking first. Doctors and hospitals may periodically change the insurance plans they accept.

Whether you purchased coverage during Open Enrollment in the last year or two, or you began coverage due to a qualifying event in between Open Enrollment periods, it's a good idea to assess your coverage each year. The Open Enrollment period, which generally begins in November and runs through January, is the only time you can make a change unless you have a qualifying event, such as getting married, moving, or having a child. The health plan options available in your area can change each Open Enrollment. By taking the time to shop around, you may find a carrier or plan that will cost less each month or less when you access services.

*Benefits among health plans and employers vary. Please refer to your health insurance information for details and descriptions of your benefits coverage.