Health Insurance Information
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Purchasing Coverage Through the Marketplace
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a "marketplace" system for purchasing health care coverage, and educating consumers about coverage options. The marketplace allows consumers to compare plans and choose the one that is best for them.
Often referred to as "Obamacare", the ACA was enacted to improve the quality, and reduce the costs of health care and insurance coverage. It provides increased access to health care for many Americans, as well as consumer protections, and tax subsidies to help pay for insurance. It also protects consumers by ensuring coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions, and eliminates lifetime-limits and yearly coverage limits.
- Health Care Information from the US Department of Health and Human Services
- 10 Essential Health Benefits covered by all Marketplace insurance plans
- Your Rights and Protections under the ACA
Apply for Coverage through the Online Marketplace
By filling out an online application, you can see which plans are available, how much they cost, and what kinds of subsidies you can qualify for to help you pay for your insurance. This application process can also determine if you are eligible for free health insurance (Medicaid, or Washington Apple Health).
Apply for Coverage or get Assistance by Phone
- For Washington Residents: 1-855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) TTY/TDD: 1-855-627-9604
- Healthcare.gov: 1-800-318-2596 TTY: 1-855-889-4325
- To speak with an interpreter or bilingual staff: 1-855-923-4633
Most people will be able to enroll in a marketplace health insurance plan during the annual open enrollment period. Certain life events allow for enrollment outside of the open enrollment period. If you are eligible for free health insurance (Medicaid or Washington Apple Health) you can enroll at any time.
- Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2019
- Open Enrollment ends December 15, 2019
- Qualifying special enrollment life events
More Information and Resources
- Glossary of Health Care and Insurance Terms
- Application Checklist
- Information Available in 175 Different Languages
- Search for In-Person Navigators
- Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) Eligibility Information
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