Special Enrollment Periods & Qualifying Life Events

Life happens. We have your back when it comes to expecting the unexpected. Get covered during Special Enrollment Periods using Washington Healthplanfinder. Certain life changes or special circumstances may qualify you for a special enrollment period.

Common life events that allow customers to sign up for a new health plan before the next open enrollment period include:

  • Getting married
  • Having a baby
  • Moving
  • Losing other health coverage

For a complete list of qualifying life events, visit www.wahbexchange.org/SEP.

Generally, you must report your life event to Washington Healthplanfinder within 60 days to qualify for a special enrollment period.


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If You’re a New Customer

Go to www.wahealthplanfinder.org and create an account. You’ll complete your application for coverage to see what you qualify for. If you are eligible for Washington Apple Health, you can enroll year-round and select your managed care plan. If you are eligible for a Qualified Health Plan, you’ll need to answer a few more questions about the type and date of the life event you’ve experienced.

If You’re an Existing Customer

Sign in to your account and report a change. Choose the qualifying life event you’ve experienced and follow the steps to see if you qualify to shop for a new plan.

For both new and existing customers, if you qualify for a special enrollment, make sure you have documentation on hand that proves you’ve had a qualifying life event. Your insurance company may ask for these records.

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