Swedish is highlighting the opening of Washington Healthplanfinder. Starting today, uninsured residents in King County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.
Swedish has a comprehensive team in place, including in-person assisters trained by the state, to help Swedish hospital or Emergency Department patients sign up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder and learn about their options. Swedish is also partnering with local community clinics to help assist new patients and manage their enrollment needs.
Swedish has a dedicated web page with more information and resources for anyone looking to sign up for health coverage through the exchange or get their questions answered, which can be visited at www.swedish.org/healthreform.
For commercial plans in the Exchange, the first open enrollment period is October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. The next Exchange open enrollment will be October 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014. Consumers must enroll in an Exchange plan during open enrollment, unless they experience a “qualifying event,” such as marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child, which enables them to enroll outside of the October-December period. Enrollment in Medicaid, however, will be continuous and year-around.
To compare plans and sign up for health coverage, please use one of the following resources:
Phone: Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center:
1-855-WAFINDER or 1-855-923-4633
For more information about what Washington state hospitals have been doing to support Medicaid expansion and the Exchange’s outreach and enrollment activities, visit www.wsha.org/coverageishere.cfm.