October 01, 2013
What You Need To Know
When the Affordable Care Act starts on January 1, 2014, the majority must have health insurance. To have coverage that starts in January, you can start signing up on October 1, 2013. The Affordable Care Act was made to make sure that all people can get the healthcare they need. No one will be denied coverage because they are sick or have a prior health issue.
To help you find a health insurance plan, Washington State has set up the new Health Benefit Exchange website (wahealthplanfinder.org). This website can help you:
- Find and sign up for the health insurance plan that is best for you or you and your family.
- Based on your earnings, you may be able to get into the new Medicaid program called Apple Health. This program provides healthcare at no cost to you.
- If you cannot get into Apple Health, you will be given other health insurance plan choices to look at. What you pay for these other plans depends on the earnings you make each year.
- Figure out how much your health plan might cost you.
- Find out what is covered by a basic level of health insurance, such as doctor and emergency room visits, care for children (including dental and eye care), prescriptions, maternity and newborn care, and preventive care like cancer screenings and immunizations, and much more.
How to Sign Up
- Online: Visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org
- By Phone: Call 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) or TTY/TTD 1-855-627-9604 (ready 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST, seven days a week).
- In-Person: In-person support and help will be offered at many places throughout the greater Seattle and Puget Sound area, including hospitals, libraries, and other community groups.
- At UW Medicine Hospitals: Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medical Center and Valley Medical Center will have staff on-site to help you sign up.
- At UW Neighborhood Clinics: Please call 206.520.5000 to find out when staff will be on-site to help you sign up.
For enrollment assistance, such as scheduling appointments and questions, please call Financial Counseling:
- Harborview Medical Center: 206-744-3084, option 3.
- UW Medical Center: 206-598-4388, option 3.
The items required to facilitate the enrollment process for an individual and each family member include:
- social security number
- family relationships for each member of the family unit
status of the primary applicant—how they filed for the past tax year;
how they plan to file in the current tax year; and how they plan to file
in the next year.