In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today is reminding individuals who are currently without health insurance that Friday, May 8 is the deadline to request and select a plan for this limited time special enrollment (SEP) period through Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage beginning May 1, 2020.
The Exchange is also reminding people who have recently lost their job or employer coverage, face a change in income, or experienced a different qualifying event that they can visit WAHealthplanfinder.org or use the WAPlanfinder Mobile App to sign up online.
“There is still time left to get insurance if you are currently uninsured,” said Exchange Chief Executive Officer Pam MacEwan, “I encourage individuals to contact an Exchange certified Navigator, Broker, or Enrollment center if they need help signing up for a health plan as you may be eligible for subsidies to help lower the cost of your health insurance premiums.”
Individuals who need help signing up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder may contact the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 855-627-9604. They may also contact an Exchange certified Navigator, Broker, or Enrollment center who can answer insurance questions and with enrollment. Free help from local experts is accessible via the WAPlanfinder Mobile App or by visiting: https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/_content/find-expert-advice.html.
Individuals who have recently lost their job or their employer coverage, have experienced a change in income, or experienced another qualifying event can visit WAHealthplanfinder.org or use the WAPlanfinder Mobile App to sign up online. Other qualifying life events that may open a special enrollment period include:
- Marriage, birth of a child, or move within the state
- Purchased coverage through a health sharing ministry that has received a cease and desist order from the Washington office of Insurance Commissioner for fraudulent activity or
- Purchased full price coverage outside the Exchange marketplace, who due to a change in income could now benefit from federal subsidies available exclusively through Washington Healthplanfinder.
Since the first COVID-19 special enrollment period began on March 10, over 17,000 customers have selected a health insurance plan through Washington Healthplanfinder.
Coverage You Can Count On
Insurance companies providing coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder have agreed to cover cost sharing related to the testing and treatment of COVID-19.
Contact your health insurance provider directly for more information about:
- How COVID-19 impacts your coverage
- Telehealth appointments
- Payment options or grace periods
- Benefits related to COVID-19
- Apple Health Members
- Bridgespan Health Members
- Kaiser Permanente Members
- Molina Healthcare Members
- Lifewise Health Plan of Washington Members
- Pacific Source Members
- Premera Blue Cross Members
- Providence Health Plan Members
- Coordinated Care Members
For more information about coverage options during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit https://www.wahbexchange.org/coronavirus-faqs/.
Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).
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 next qualified health and dental plans open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder begins on Nov. 1, 2020.
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, such as 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.