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:

  • 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

Learn more:

  • Factsheets from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assist                                                             consumers and providers with plan specific information.
What you should know about provider networks
Contacting your health plan’s customer service phone number
What to know about seeing your doctor
I signed up, but don't have health coverage. What should I do?
Getting emergency care
What to know about getting your prescription medications
Appealing your insurer's decision not to pay
What you should know about early renewal of health coverage

Other Resources: