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 start May 1, 2020 for customers who enroll after April 8. For more information, see Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
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 a plan for coverage start date beginning April 1, 2020. For more information, please see Washington Healthplanfinder.
Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange announced that it will provide additional time for customers to purchase health insurance for 2020.The deadline is December 30 at 8 p.m. to secure coverage that would start February 1. For more information, please visit Washington Healthplanfinder.
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 www.wahealthplanfinder.org expected to continue rising, customers needing coverage are directed to submit an application and lock in their plan selection immediately to avoid any potential delays. For more information see WA Health Benefit Exchange.
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 Medicare Advantage plan if they are already on one.
For more information, please see Office of the Insurance Commissioner
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.
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 medicare. For more information see The Center Square.
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
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.