New Insurance Exchange Information
Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require everyone to have health insurance. The goal is to make coverage more accessible and affordable for those who do not currently have health insurance or have limited coverage.
In Washington state, Medicaid eligibility will expand to include more adults. The state is also setting up a Health Benefit Exchange, called Washington Healthplanfinder, that will allow individuals and families who do not have employer-sponsored health insurance to enroll in a health plan and receive financial help. Health coverage offered through Washington Healthplanfinder includes Classic Medicaid, an expanded Medicaid program for Washington state called “Apple Health,” and various qualified health insurance plans.
Enrollment for health insurance through the state will begin on Oct. 1, 2013. Below is more information to help you better understand and make the most of these new benefits.
How to enroll:
Call: 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) or TTY/TTD 1-855-627-9604
In person: In-person Assisters (also called Navigators), agents and brokers will be available to help you enroll in coverage on the Health Benefit Exchange. More information can be found here.
Skagit Regional Health: In-person Assisters are available at Skagit Valley Hospital. For more information, call 360-424-2613 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information for individuals/families from Washington Health Benefit Exchange