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Washington Healthplanfinder Extends Current Special Enrollment Period through May 8

In response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Washington state, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced it is extending the current special enrollment period for individuals who are uninsured. The original special enrollment period, that ran from March 10, 2020 through April 8, 2020, will now continue through May 8, 2020. Coverage will… Read more »

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Passed Into Law

Today the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The Act includes several provisions to protect American workers and assist employers in providing emergency paid sick leave, as well as paid family leave in the case of school closures, for working families impacted by COVID-19.  President Trump is expected to sign the bill shortly.  For more… Read more »

Washington Healthplanfinder Announces Special Enrollment Period in Response to Coronavirus Outbreak

Due to the growing Coronavirus outbreak, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is allowing qualified individuals without insurance to enroll through Washington Healthplanfinder until April 8.  Individuals must contact the Customer Support Center between 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY: 1-855-627-9604, or a local certified broker or navigator, request the SEP and select… Read more »

Washington Healthplanfinder Urging Customers To Act Quickly For January 1 Coverage

Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange is urging customers to act now if they are still without 2020 coverage.  The deadline to sign up is 11:59 p.m. December 15 for plans that begin on January 1.  With traffic to expected to continue rising, customers needing coverage are directed to submit an application and lock in their plan selection… Read more »

Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period Has Arrived

For more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries in Washington, open enrollment period has arrived. From October 15 to December 7, people on Medicare can: -Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan or vice versa. -Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan if they are on Original Medicare. -Switch to a different… Read more »

Average Rate Decrease of 3.25% As Washington’s Individual Health Insurance Market Grows

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has approved a record low average rate decrease of -3.25% for Washington’s 2020 individual health insurance market.  With two new health insurers – PacificSource Health Plans and Providence Health Plan entering the market, the number of insurers grows to 13.  For more information, please see Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

More Than 500,000 People Enrolled In Medicaid Through Expansion Are Ineligible

A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) found that more than 500,000 people enrolled in Medicaid through expansion are ineligible for the program.The total number of ineligible enrollees is potentially three times higher since the nine states evaluated  in the study represent only 25 percent of the 37 states that expanded their… Read more »

Federal Judge Upholds Trump’s Expansion of Non-ObamaCare Plans

A federal judge upheld the Trump administration’s expansion of health insurance plans that don’t meet ObamaCare’s coverage requirements.  Judge Richard Leon ruled against the insurance companies that sued the administration in an attempt to block the rules. For more information see The Hill

Bill Passes The House Protecting People With Preexisting Conditions

The House passed a bill that would safeguard individuals with preexisting conditions.  The Protecting Americans with Preexisting Conditions Act, would revoke guidance issued by the Trump Administration in October 2018 that encourages states to approve health plans that do not cover preexisting conditions.  For more information, see Augusta Free Press.