New Insurance Exchange Information

As part of national health care reform, almost all Americans are required to have health insurance as of Jan. 1, 2015 or risk a tax penalty. The goal is to make coverage more accessible and affordable for those who do not currently have health insurance or have limited coverage.
Individuals and families may either qualify for private insurance coverage available through health insurance exchanges or for state-sponsored Medicaid coverage.
Individual insurance coverage
Open enrollment is currently closed for private insurance coverage from a qualified health plan, except for people who experience certain qualifying life events. In Washington, certain other exceptions also apply. The Washington Healthplanfinder will reopen in November 2014 to enroll those who would like to purchase coverage for 2015.
Medicaid coverage
If you qualify for Medicaid, or Apple Health, you may apply at any time throughout the year. In Washington, applications can be made through the Washington Healthplanfinder:

  • Swedish: In-person Assisters will be available at all Swedish hospitals and Emergency Departments. For more information, call 206-386-6996.

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