Washington State: WA HealthPlanFinder breaks 232,000 enrollees; 75% could save by switching plans!

Washington HealthPlan Finder

via the Washington HealthPlan Finder:

ACA Open Enrollment is now – Jan. 15

Now is a critical time for new and current customers to visit wahealthplanfinder.org to shop and compare

  • All Washingtonians who need health insurance coverage for 2024 can shop for plans and gain access to federal and state subsidies on wahealthplanfinder.org,  now through Jan. 15.
  • People who pick a plan by Dec. 15 will have coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2024.
  • More than 232,000 Washingtonians are already covered by ACA plans and are set up to be auto renewed in a qualified health plan (Affordable Care Act [ACA] plan) for 2024.
  • These existing customers are strongly encouraged to visit wahealhplanfinder.org during this open enrollment period to compare options and make sure the plan they are enrolled is the best value for them in 2024.
  • Approximately 75% of Washingtonians could save by switching this year.
  • This includes up to 24,000 Washingtonians could receive Cascade Care Savings (state subsidies)  if they switched to a Cascade Care Gold or Silver plan.
  • Now is the time for anyone who needs coverage and existing customers to come in to wahealthplanfinder.org to shop and compare. 

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Shopping and comparing plans on Washington Healthplanfinder is the best way to ensure customers have the health insurance they need in 2024. The majority of customers who have already signed up or auto-renewed plans for 2024 — around 75% — can still compare and shop for plans with the same benefits as the plan they’ve already chosen, but for a lower monthly cost.

“All Washingtonians, regardless of immigration status, can visit waheathplanfinder.org by Dec. 15 to shop, compare and sign-up for a health or dental plan for 2024. This includes anyone who doesn’t have health coverage through an employer or other program, as well as existing customers whose plan has been renewed,” Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) CEO Ingrid Ulrey said. “Visit wahealthplanfinder.org to shop for coverage or find help closer to home from one of our more than 2,000 trained assisters across the state for in-person help.”

The Exchange operates Washington Healthplanfinder, Washington’s integrated source for enrolling in health insurance and Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). More than 232,000 Washingtonians have had their health insurance renewed for 2024 through Washington Healthplanfinder.

I should also note that during the 2023 Open Enrollment Period 230,371 WA residents selected Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), which means Washington has already surpassed last years final OEP enrollment with over a month left to go.

Approximately 24,000 of customers who have renewed their 2024 health plan through Washington Healthplanfinder could qualify for Cascade Care Savings — a state-funded subsidy to help people pay for their monthly premiums — if they shop and switch to a Cascade Care Silver or Gold plan. By enrolling in their county’s lowest cost Silver plan, many customers could reduce their monthly premium to $0.

Visit wahealthplanfinder.org to shop, compare and sign up for health and/or dental insurance for you and your family for 2024. Customers who select a plan by Dec. 15 will have their insurance take effect Jan. 1, 2024. Enroll by Jan. 15, 2024, to have a Feb. 1 start date. 

Need help enrolling in a health plan for next year?

The Exchange partners with a network of brokers, navigators and enrollment centers across the state. Visit Washington Healthplanfinder’s Virtual Help Details page for more information and to find an assister near you.

Customers can also enroll in 2024 coverage online from Nov. 1, 2023, through Jan. 15, 2024, by visiting wahealthplanfinder.org, or by calling the Customer Support Center at 1-855-923-4633. Washington Healthplanfinder’s Customer Support Center will have extended hours during open enrollment. The center will be open and ready to aid customers from 7:30 a.m.­–7 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed on the weekends and holidays. These hours go into effect Nov. 1, 2023, and end Jan. 31, 2024. The following adjustments were made to the center’s schedule; extended hours are subject to change: 

Additional open hours:

  • Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 15, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 14, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Jan. 15, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Closed on the following days:
  • Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
  • Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day

Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.