Where can I buy a health plan?
You have until March 31 to buy an individual health plan in Washington state either inside or outside the Exchange, wahealthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org), Benefits of shopping inside the Exchange include:
- Compare health plans, apples-to-apples
- Subsidies based on your income to help you afford coverage
- Three levels of coverage to choose from depending on the level of cost sharing you'd like
- Free, unbiased assistance to help you understand your choices
Additional health plans are for sale outside the Exchange -- either directly from an insurance company or through an agent or broker -- but tax credits or subsidies are only available inside the Exchange.
Most people must buy a plan by March 31, but some exceptions may apply if you have a qualifying event.
Also, Medicaid (Apple Health) enrollment continues all year long.