Health Insurance Open Enrollment!
November 1, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Washington Healthplanfinder News Release – October 15, 2019
Eleven Washington Health Benefit Exchange Enrollment Centers ready to assist for 2020 Open Enrollment
Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) announced locations for eleven full-service enrollment centers offering in-person assistance to customers signing up for health and dental coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder during the upcoming open enrollment period starting November 1.
Along with ten sites returning from last year, one new in-person assistance location will be available in Everett. Last year, enrollment centers served over 5,000 customers from November 1 through December 15.
The Exchange has a robust network of customer support across Washington State to help customers enroll in coverage that meets their needs and budget, which includes over 1,800 registered brokers, and nearly 1,000 navigators, tribal assisters and certified application counselors. The Exchange also supports a Customer Support Center based in Spokane Valley that employs more than 300 representatives during open enrollment period –including bi-lingual and multi-lingual services and provides a free telephonic interpreter service.
All residents are now encouraged to schedule an appointment to meet with a navigator or broker in their area. Connecting with in-person help is easiest through the WAPlanfinder mobile app that uses a customer’s current location to provide contact information for and detailed directions to the nearest navigators and brokers. Additional over-the-phone assistance is available by calling the Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center at 1-855-923-4633.
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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 to assist you with Washington state Health Care Reform/Affordable Care Act. Learn more>.
Consumers can use Washington HealthCareCompare, the WA-APCD’s website, to find high-quality doctor groups and hospitals and to shop for medical services by comparing prices for common services at nearby hospitals, ambulatory surgery, and other outpatient health centers. The WA-APCD also provides information to evaluate the impact of health reform efforts to improve the affordability and quality of care, particularly among populations who are in poor health or cannot afford medical care.
In 2014, the Washington State Legislature enacted the all-payer statute (Chapter 43.371 RCW) directing the Washington State Office of Financial Management to establish the WA-APCD. OFM received funding to implement the WA-APCD from the Federal Rate Review and State Innovation Model grants. Read more>
Project Access Northwest
Project Access Northwest is a non-profit 501(c)3 formed in 2006 to improve access to specialty health care for low-income and uninsured patients. It matches volunteer specialty care providers and hospital partners with carefully pre-screened patients in need of care.
Its newest initiatives include the statewide Premium Assistance program, developed to assist those who are eligible to purchase private health insurance on the Washington Health Benefits Exchange but for whom paying the premiums is a financial hardship, and the Health Home Program, which allows them to reach patients at home and help improve their health and lives based on personal goals. 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>
From Coverage to Care
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative, developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to help you understand your health coverage and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for you, so you can live a long and healthy life. We understand health insurance can be a bit overwhelming and confusing at first, however, there are many ways you can make the most of it. Learn more>
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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>