OLYMPIA (Aug. 19, 2020) — As part of its ongoing COVID-19 response efforts, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange on Monday opened a time-limited, extended enrollment opportunity for customers who have lost health coverage during the public health emergency.
Typically, customers losing coverage mid-year have 60 days before and after their coverage end date to sign up through Washington Healthplanfinder. During the COVID-19 pandemic, customers have reported enrollment barriers including delays in receiving federal or state unemployment insurance payments. To help address these barriers, the Exchange is giving customers experiencing a gap in coverage more time to enroll.
Starting Aug. 17, individuals who have voluntarily or involuntarily lost health insurance coverage during the public health emergency have until Sept. 30, 2020, to sign up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Loss of coverage includes loss of minimum essential coverage (including employer-sponsored health coverage or COBRA) and loss of coverage from short-term limited duration plans or health sharing ministries.
To sign up, customers must call the Washington Healthplanfinder Customer Support Center (see numbers below) or contact their local Navigator or producer. Customers who sign up by Sept. 15 can get coverage starting Oct. 1. After Sept. 15, coverage starts Nov. 1.
Call the Customer Support Center at 1-855-923-4633 (TTY: 1-855-627-9604) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in more than 175 languages. Language and disability accommodations are provided at no cost.
If you have any questions about this time-limited special enrollment opportunity, or anything else about the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, email firstname.lastname@example.org.