The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reminding residents today of the upcoming Feb. 15 deadline to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan through Washington Healthplanfinder. Residents can complete an online application at www.wahealthplanfinder.org or find free in-person assistance to see if they qualify for financial help to lower the cost of their health insurance premiums.
Residents must select and pay for a Qualified Health Plan by Feb. 15 at 9:59 p.m. for coverage that begins on March 1, 2015.
Enrollment in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) continues year-round.
“With the Feb. 15 deadline less than two weeks away, we’re taking this opportunity to remind residents they need to take immediate action to get enrolled,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Free in-person help is also available for those who need it, either through scheduled appointments with navigators and insurance brokers, or through local enrollment events.”
Washingtonians who are interested in enrolling in a Qualified Health Plan for 2015 coverage have the following options:
- Fill out an Online Application: Washingtonians may complete an online application at wahealthplanfinder.org to see if they are eligible for a Qualified Health Plan. Online applications are strongly encouraged over paper applications to ensure they are able to be received and processed by the deadline.
- Use a Health Insurance Broker: Washington Healthplanfinder offers assistance through registered brokers who are uniquely educated and licensed to recommend a specific health insurance plan to you or your family. They are searchable by zip code via the Customer Support link on wahealthplanfinder.org.
- Visit a Local Navigator or Enrollment Event: Navigators are trained to help customers enroll in coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder and are searchable through the Customer Support link on the homepage. To find a local enrollment event, click here.
- Contact the Toll-Free Customer Support Center: The Customer Support Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. To help Washington residents enroll ahead of the deadline, special weekend hours are also available on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 from 7:30 am to 4 pm, as well as Feb. 14 from 7:30 am to 4 pm and Feb. 15 from 7:30 am to 9 pm.
As of Jan. 31, more than 132,000 residents have enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan. The Exchange also released a county-by-county enrollment report today that shows the number of residents who have enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan or enrolled under Medicaid expansion for 2015 coverage.
Current enrollment data shows that a larger percentage of residents are qualifying for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) than previously expected.
“We have seen more than 630,000 individuals newly covered in Washington State, which is well beyond our combined 2015 enrollment forecasts for Qualified Health Plans and Washington Apple Health,” said Onizuka. “While residents continue to qualify for Apple Health, we expect a large enrollment surge in new and renewing private health plan enrollment heading toward the Feb. 15 deadline.”
Please note that due to federal services maintenance, Washington Healthplanfinder will be unavailable starting 10 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15.
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.
Residents who would like to enroll in health coverage may visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
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 open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder began on Nov. 15, 2014 for health coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2015. The open enrollment period ends on Feb. 15, 2015.
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.