Washington Health Benefit Exchange announces extended enrollment opportunity

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened an extended enrollment opportunity for individuals who have lost health coverage during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The enrollment period began August 17 and will continue through September 30. During this time, individuals who have lost health coverage during the public health emergency will have the opportunity to sign up for health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.

According to information provided by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, “Loss of coverage includes loss of minimum essential coverage (including employer-sponsored health coverage or COBRA) and loss of coverage from short-term limited duration plans or health sharing ministries.”

 

 

Individuals who lose health coverage mid-year typically have 60 days before and after their coverage end date to sign up through Washington Healthplanfinder. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, some customers have reported enrollment barriers, says the Exchange. This extended enrollment opportunity aims to assist those individuals by offering more time to enroll.

Individuals wishing to sign up need to call the Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center or contact their local Navigator or producer.

Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center

Help is available in over 175 languages. Language and disability accommodations are provided at no cost.
Business Hours: Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 pm.
Phone:1-855-923-4633
TTY: 1-855-627-9604

 

For those who sign up by September 15, coverage can start October 1. For those who sign up after Sept. 15, coverage will start November 1.