More than 226,000 people enrolled through Healthplanfinder

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Aaron Kunkler

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Thousands of Washingtonians signed up for health coverage over the past week on Washington Healthplanfinder to beat the Dec. 15 deadline for coverage that will begin Jan. 1. With that date now passed, individuals still seeking 2022 health coverage have until Jan. 15, 2022 to shop on Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage that begins Feb. 1.

“We were glad to see a record number of enrollees secure coverage that starts Jan. 1,” said Chief Executive Officer Pam MacEwan. “And we want to encourage customers who still have not signed up to do so before Jan. 15. It’s especially important this year because there are so many opportunities for savings.”

 

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Those savings include increased federal tax credits made available by the American Rescue Plan Act. Seventy percent of Washington Healthplanfinder customers receive savings under the new law, and those who do pay on average less than $120 per month for health coverage. As of Dec. 15, more than 226,000 Washingtonians have signed up for 2022 coverage, including over 22,000 new customers.

In addition to federal savings, employees of licensed child care facilities may be eligible for high quality coverage with $0 monthly premiums thanks to a law passed by the Washington Legislature in 2021. 

Meanwhile, new federal data released last week from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that Washington is among the top performing state-based marketplaces in the country. The report notes that so far during this open enrollment period, 3.9 million customers have signed up for coverage in the 33 states using the HealthCare.gov and 625,00 have signed up in the 17 states and the District of Columbia with state-based marketplaces.

Announcing the report, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said, “Affordability continues to drive enrollment during this Open Enrollment period, and we are excited to see so many individuals and families taking advantage of the many affordable and quality plans available.”

Washingtonians who need to sign up for coverage or renew their plan for 2021 can sign in to their Washington Healthplanfinder account using the WAPlanfinder Mobile App or on WAHealthplanfinder.org. Customers have until Jan. 15 to select a plan for coverage that begins Feb. 1.

Washington Healthplanfinder offers a wide range of resources to help people navigate their coverage options – including in-person enrollment centers, virtual video or phone assistance, and the WAPlanfinder Mobile App.

Customers may also contact an Exchange certified Navigator, Broker, or Enrollment center who can answer insurance questions and help with enrollment. Free help from local experts is accessible via the WAPlanfinder Mobile App or by visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

Press release courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder.