As unemployment rapidly increases during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, many individuals will need to find new health coverage to provide vital protection as cases continue to increase and uncertainty grows.
The silver-lining is that there are options for those who need health coverage in Washington state. Here are some tips for enrolling in a plan through these trying, uncertain times:
You may qualify for a plan through Washington Healthplanfinder
Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Washingtonians have had access to preventive care, such as treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, along with other health care services they need to stay healthy through Washington Healthplanfinder – the state’s online marketplace for individuals and families to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage. Today, one in four Washingtonians use the platform to enroll in a plan.
To request a special enrollment, contact an enrollment center, broker, or navigator at Washington Healthplanfinder. These insurance experts are available to answer questions and get customers enrolled in the right plan as soon as possible.
What if I’ve lost my job or had my hours significantly reduced?
You may qualify for free or low-cost health coverage through the Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) program. Apple Health enrollment is open year-round. Eligibility is based on your income and household size. See if you qualify at hca.wa.gov/ah4u.
Representatives at Washington Healthplanfinder can help determine if you’re eligible for Apple Health coverage.
Still have questions? Visit Washington Healthplanfinder’s Coronavirus FAQ page for more information.