The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced the selection of Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to help Pierce County residents find, compare and enroll in health insurance programs.

The in-person assistance effort is part of the Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Program.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is one of 10 organizations, including public health agencies, coalitions, regional health networks, and other community organizations chosen statewide to build and oversee a network of community partners that will help residents enroll in a qualified health plan starting Oct. 1, 2013 for coverage that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014. 

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s efforts will provide residents with impartial information to help them determine which health insurance options best fits their needs. These efforts may take place through in-person meetings, online communications and over the phone.

To ensure statewide consistency, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange will lead curriculum and training materials development to effectively train Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and other lead organizations. These organizations will then be responsible for training their partner networks. All organizations will need to pass a certification exam before working with consumers.