Qualified Health Plan Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment for health coverage runs November 1, 2016, to January 31, 2017, for plans offered through Washington’s marketplace. In person assistance is also available. Visit the link below to find assistance through a Navigator, a Certified Application Counselor, or an agent or broker.
- In Washington visit: www.wahealthplanfinder.org or call 1-855-923-4633
If you have a life change, you may qualify for a Special Enrollment. See if you qualify! Learn more>
Find Health Coverage that is Right for You
You may be eligible for low-cost or free health insurance. Learn more>
Those who qualify for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) may continue to enroll throughout the year.
At Washington LawHelp you will find general information, self-help packets and resources for to assist you with Washington state Health Care Reform/Affordable Care Act. Learn more>.
Medicare is a Federal health insurance program for people age 65 or older, some disabled people under age 65. For eligibility information, resources, and frequently asked questions call 1-800-633-4227. Learn more>
Medicaid is available to certain low-income individuals and families who fit into an eligibility group that is recognized by federal and state law. Call 800-562-3022 or visit Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) online. Learn more>
You can apply for Apple Health on any computer with an internet connection at Washington Healthplanfinder. Learn more>
Medical debt can affect the overall financial security of families and undermine a family’s economic security. Each year millions of people file bankruptcy or go into severe debt due to the overwhelming cost of medical care. In addition, concern about medical bills may cause people to postpone medical care, which can result in the need for more expensive treatment when care becomes urgent.
If you have medical debt you should review all medical bills carefully and request complete and full documentation of all medical charges. Make sure that the services being billed are accurate and that the correct insurance (if applicable) was billed. This is especially important if you recently had a change in medical benefits, providers, or insurance. Learn more>
How to Protect Your Finances while Dealing with a Long Term Illness
NW Consumer Law Center recognizes these are stressful times, and your health is your priority. At the same time, you may be experiencing significant economic stress, which can be overwhelming. They recommend several steps in their publication to protect the financial health of you and your family. Learn more>
Avoid Adding Medical Debt to Credit Cards
Placing the debt on the credit card can make payments more manageable, but will typically result in paying more for the service due to the interest rate on the card. Prior to charging medical debt on a credit card, you should explore avenues for reducing your bills or making payment arrangements. A professional financial counselor can discuss with you alternative solutions for medical debt. Find a financial counselor>
Understanding Your Medical Bills
Have you ever been confused by a medical bill? What happens after you visit the doctor? This video explains how medical costs are calculated and paid for by public and private insurance. This is one of several tutorials created by the Merkin Initiative at The Brookings Institution and presented by Khan Academy.
Learn more about the path of that bill, how it’s processed, and who pays for what. Learn more>