Buying health insurance frequently asked questions
I am about to lose my health coverage. I have a serious medical condition and need to get new insurance. Is there a health plan I can buy?
Health reform requires individual health plans to issue coverage regardless of your health condition. However, to get individual health insurance, you must apply:
- During the annual open enrollment period, which takes place: Oct. 1 - March 31, or
- Within 60 days of a qualifying event (PDF, 220KB).
I want to buy an individual health plan. How do I go about it?
You can buy an individual health plan from:
- Washington Healthplanfinder (www.wahealthhplanfinder.org) - A new online marketplace where you can compare plans and get help paying your premium, depending on your income.
- A health insurance company - Additional health plans are available outside of the Washington Healthplanfinder. If you buy directly from an insurance company, you won't get help paying your premium.
- Through a licensed insurance agent or broker.
I need medical care but don’t have enough money to buy insurance. How do I obtain public health services?
Contact the Washington Healthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org) or call 855-923-4633 to see if you qualify for help paying for you health insurance premium.