Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange), today announced 2020 health plans are available for preview starting today. Washington Healthplanfinder customers will have access to preview plans prior to the 2020 open enrollment and may signup to receive a reminder email when plans are available to purchase from November 1 through December 15. The plan preview is available until Washington Healthplanfinder begins final open enrollment system readiness on October 31 beginning at 1 p.m.
“By offering a plan preview prior to open enrollment, we’re improving how Washingtonians learn about their health insurance options,” said Exchange Chief Executive Officer Pam MacEwan. “This feature allows customers to research what is best for their families or themselves.”
Plan preview will allow users to browse sixty-six Qualified Health Plans from nine insurance companies. Customers are encouraged to visit Washington Healthplanfinder to access plan preview by signing into their account, selecting APPLY NOW from the home page, and then clicking Browse Plans. Additionally, users are encouraged to sign-up to receive a reminder email when open enrollment begins by clicking on the Remind Me button.
Open enrollment for 2020 plans begins November 1 through December 15. During this time the Exchange Customer Support Center based in Spokane Valley will be open normal operating hours and ready to receive calls from 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Additionally, extended hours scheduled:
- Open on November 11 (Veteran’s Day) and November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving)
- December 1 – 10: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- December 11 – 14 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- December 15 (Sunday) from 7:30 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
- December 16 – 30 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Open on two Saturdays in December – the 7th and 14th (hours TBD)
During open enrollment last year, over 370,000 customers accessed Washington Healthplanfinder submitting more than 445,000 applications.
Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice of 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.
About Washington Healthplanfinder
Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals and families in Washington to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing and public programs such as Medicaid. The current open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder began on Nov. 1 ends on Dec. 15.
About Washington Apple Health
In Washington, Medicaid is called Washington Apple Health. Free or low-cost coverage is available year-round for those who qualify. Since the Affordable Care Act launched in October 2013, more people have access to preventive care, like cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services they need to stay healthy. Apple Health clients enroll and renew online using Washington Healthplanfinder. Apple Health is administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority: www.hca.wa.gov