Health Benefit Exchange
New Insurance Exchange Information
As part of national health care reform, all Americans will be required to have health insurance beginning Jan. 1, 2014 or risk a tax penalty. 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. It offers Classic Medicaid, an expanded Medicaid program called “Apple Health,” and other health insurance plans.
How to enroll:
You can begin shopping for health insurance through the Washington Healthplanfinder after it opens Oct. 1, 2013.
- Online: www.wahealthplanfinder.org
- Call: 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) or TTY/TTD 1-855-627-9604
- In person: Assisters (also called Navigators), agents and brokers will be available to help you enroll.
More information can be found here.
- Community-based organizations and events:
- Providence Health & Services: Providence financial counselors are trained and certified “In Person Assisters” available to help patients enroll at Providence hospitals in Centralia, Chewelah, Colville, Everett, Olympia, Spokane and Walla Walla. Contact your local hospital to schedule an appointment with a financial counselor.