Uninsured have until March 31 to find coverage

Those looking to enroll in health care through the Washington Healthplanfinder should do so as soon as possible as the March 31 deadline approaches.

As of January 2014, 4,126 people have signed up for the new health plan through the site and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is encouraging the remaining uninsured to check out their options. Consumers can complete the entire application process online at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

Those with questions can find expert in-person assitance through local insurance agents and brokers and at local community health locations such as Grays Harbor Community Public Health and Social Services, Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Aberdeen and Ocean Shores, and the Olympic Area Agency on Aging.

Those who qualify for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid), or American Indians and Alaskan natives may enroll throughout the year.

Customers may enroll for insurance by 11:59 p.m. on March 23 for coverage effective April 1, 2014 or by 11:59 p.m. on March 31 for coverage effective May 1, 2014. While enrollment in Qualified Health Plans ends on March 31(the deadline under the Affordable Care Act), residents may be eligible to enroll outside of the enrollment period if they have a qualifying life event such as a change in family size, marriage, divorce, having or adopting a child, no longer being eligible for a parent’s health insurance due to a 26th birthday, moving to a new state and certain changes to income.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange says customers should anticipate longer than average wait times at the Customer Support Center or limited availability with Navigators and Insurance Brokers as the deadline approaches.

The Exchange is hosting a number of enrollment events across the state during March, which can be found at: www.wahbexchange.org/get-involved/community-events/


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