Where can I buy a health plan?
You have until March 31 to buy an individual health plan inside the new Exchange, wahealthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org), a new online marketplace. Benefits 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
You also can buy a plan out the Exchange, directly from an insurance company or through an agent or broker. However, tax credits are only available if you buy a plan through the Washington Healthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org)
The same March 31 deadline also applies to plans sold outside of the Exchange. Plans sold outside the Exchange must include the same benefits and cost-sharing limits.
This year, open enrollment for children under age 19 - both inside and outside the Exchange - continues until April 30.