So long as its oft-troubled website holds together, Washington Healthplanfinder and customer support staff will be available until midnight tonight to process enrollments in health insurance coverage to take effect January 1, 2018.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange is anticipating a rush of new sign-ups to end the week, even as it has already processed 40,000 new customers who did not have coverage in the marketplace last year. The total number of new applicants is a 47 percent increase over 2016.

“There is plenty of help available to assist with the application process,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Exchange.  “Any customer needing assistance may use the increased resources available online, in person, and over the phone.”

Healthplanfinder’s network of trained navigators and brokers are offering additional support to those needing in-person assistance. Customers can connect with a navigator or broker in their area by clicking the “Customer Support” link on or by visiting one of the 12 enrollment centers and broker affiliate sites based throughout the state.

Individuals who are not signed up for coverage by 11:59 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 15 have until the close of open enrollment on Jan. 15 to select a 2018 health and dental plan. Any coverage selected after midnight today through mid-January will start on Feb. 1.