Regardless the outcome of political debates in the “other Washington,” this state’s version of Obamacare will be in place at least through the rest of this calendar year.
Individuals who want health insurance through this option, however, have little more than 24 hours to get signed up at Washington Healthplanfinder.org or through various in-person locations.
Individuals and families have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to select a plan that is good for the remainder of this year. Residents who fail to claim coverage by the deadline could be required to wait until the following year to sign up for health and dental coverage.
“We are asking any customers who have not secured 2017 coverage to review their options and sign up for a health and dental plan today,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
She says assistance is available at the Customer Support Center or through one of thousands of navigators and brokers located throughout the state.
In-person help is available in neighborhoods throughout the state and can be located by clicking the “Customer Support” link on www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Residents of Tacoma and six other cities around the state also have the option of getting assistance at a full-service enrollment center or enrollment affiliate site.
More than 216,000 residents have used Healthplanfinder to sign up for 2017 health coverage during the first 12 weeks of the open enrollment period, a 15 percent increase in plan selections over the same point in open enrollment last year. Except for those located immediately adjacent to the Portland area, there are no small business health plans available through the state Exchange this year.