Washington Healthplanfinder Reminds Customers to Report Income Changes

Special Enrollment Period Continues for Qualifying Life Events Olympia, Wash.

Washington Healthplanfinder is reminding customers today to report any changes in income or household to Washington Healthplanfinder. Customers can log into their account at wahealthplanfinder.org to report changes now.

It’s important for customers to report life changes because these changes can potentially affect customers’ coverage and financial help. Tax credits and cost-sharing reductions available through Washington Healthplanfinder are calculated based on the household size and income customers report on their application.

Reporting income changes now can also prevent customers from having to owe more at tax time. If customers have taken more premium tax credits then they are eligible for based on their year-end income, customers may have to pay money back when they file their taxes.

“Reporting changes in income or household now can help customers avoid stress at tax time next year,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Residents statewide should also be aware that they may be eligible to enroll in coverage before the start of the next open enrollment period on Nov. 1, 2015.”

Some life changes, such as getting married, having or adopting a baby or involuntarily losing health coverage will qualify residents for a special enrollment period. Customers have 60 days from the date of their life event to visit wahealthplanfinder.org to enroll in a health plan or change their current plan.

To help residents enroll in a special enrollment period, Washington Healthplanfinder is holding an enrollment event with Public Health – Seattle & King County, Gay City Health Project and Entre Hermanos.

The enrollment event takes place Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gay City, 517 East Pike Street, Seattle.

Residents who think they may qualify for a special enrollment period should visit wahealthplanfinder.org to complete an application and special enrollment questionnaire.

Reminders: Enrollment in Washington Healthplanfinder Business and Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) is year-round. Apple Health customers will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.

About Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder is a new online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses 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 next open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder begins on Nov. 1, 2015, for health insurance coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. The open enrollment period will extend through Jan. 31, 2016.

About the Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is a public-private partnership established in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) to implement a new health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses. The Exchange is separate from the state and governed by an independent 11-member board. For more information, visit www.wahbexchange.org.

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