The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the nine lead organizations chosen to oversee in-person assistance provided to Washington residents during the upcoming open enrollment period scheduled to begin on Nov. 1.

The public health agencies, regional health networks, and community organizations selected will each provide free support to individuals and families signing up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. In the South Sound, those groups include CHOICE, in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties; Kitsap Public Health District in Kitsap County; Public Health Seattle-King County in King County; and Sea Mar Community Health Centers in Pierce County.

These organizations were selected from a request for proposals issued by the Exchange. Each organization was identified as best equipped to meet the enrollment needs of their service areas. Candidates were reviewed and scored based on their approaches and efforts to coordinate consumer outreach, identify hard to reach populations, and deliver in-person enrollment assistance to individuals seeking healthcare coverage.

 “Given the uncertainty currently surrounding healthcare, the support and communication these organizations provide is especially essential,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Their outreach and education efforts offer reliable assistance at a time when many residents may have questions about their coverage.”