Next Open Enrollment: November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Enrollment in AppleHealth is always open for those who qualify. Visit www.healthplanfinder.org or call 1-855-WA-FINDER to find out more.
Emergency departments all over the state see patients who are struggling with treatable and manageable conditions—but no health insurance. Because they don’t have access to preventive care, they suffer unnecessarily and potentially lose years of their lives.
In addition, thousands of Washington families are at serious economic risk by living without health insurance. An unexpected injury or illness is a significant threat to the stability of many working families—a threat that could be drastically reduced by having health coverage.
The expansion of Medicaid-funded programs and subsidized health insurance will help hundreds of thousands of our neighbors improve their health, get connected to primary care services, and improve their economic well-being.
WSHA and our member hospitals and health systems have long-supported programs and policies that make it easier for Washington residents to get health insurance. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the state’s expansion of the Medicaid program in 2013, getting insurance is now easier than ever.
Confused by your insurance options?
WaHealthPlanFinder.org has some very helpful materials to help people understand how to best use their insurance to improve their health. Here are just a few:
Resources for Hospitals
The Health Benefit Exchange has developed a huge program for community partners like hospitals. Visit their Partners page to learn more.
Also in 2015, the Exchange rolled out a new set of outreach and enrollment materials, including fact sheets and tip sheets to help the public better understand their new insurance options. http://wahbexchange.org/partners/outreach-partners/
Hospitals have been active in helping patients, families and community member get enrolled. To support these efforts, WSHA also developed an Outreach and Enrollment Guide: http://www.wsha.org/files/WSHA_OutreachEnrollGuide_2.pdf