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Open-Enrollment for Washington Healthplanfinder (HBE coverage) | Post Election

Authored By: Northwest Health Law Advocates
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It is Open Enrollment time for Washington Healthplanfinder (HBE coverage) for both new enrollees and renewals. The recent Presidential election has people asking whether they should still apply/renew, whether they still have coverage, and what is happening. 
 
There will be no immediate changes to the ACA and the Marketplaces, including Washington Healthplanfinder and Washington Apple Health. You should continue to enroll in the coverage that is best for your family, including coverage and financial help through Washington Healthplanfinder. You should enroll by December 15th for coverage that starts January 1st. Open enrollment continues through January 31st. According to the HBE, any coverage purchased through Healthplanfinder for 2017 will be good for the full year.
 
HR 3762, a reconciliation bill that passed Congress last year, may provide some idea about the path some might want to take to repeal and replace the ACA. But even under that bill, opponents of the ACA planned to keep certain benefits for two years while they work on a replacement plan. There is currently no agreement about what the replacement plan will be or when changes will happen. 
 
Here is additional information from the Health Benefit Exchange:
 
  • Now is the time to get health insurance. Take advantage of it. 
  • Many people will qualify for financial help or free coverage. 
  • Open enrollment run through Jan. 31 and it is best to get coverage by Dec. 15 to ensure a timely start on Jan. 1, 2017. 
  • Assistance is available to help consumers with their choices, including Navigators, brokers and the Exchange call center.
  • Any coverage purchased for 2017 will be good for the full year. Remember, this is the time to shop and get coverage that is right for you and your family - do it today. 

 

You should enroll by December 15th for coverage that starts January 1st. Open enrollment continues through January 31st. According to the HBE, any coverage purchased through Healthplanfinder for 2017 will be good for the full year.  Apply here: WA Health Benefits Exchange

 

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