Don’t miss out on open enrollments to find the best health insurance options – PUBLIC HEALTH INSIDER

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Health insurance is cheaper and offers more security than ever in Washington, thanks to two changes from previous years.

  • Expanded tax credits it means that more people can benefit from a subsidy to reduce the cost of insurance.
  • The Washington waterfall cure is a new category of plans that makes it easier to compare plans and avoid hidden costs.

You don’t need to know all the ins and outs about insurance to find out which options might work best for you. you can go on line and compare costs. Open registrations have started and expire from November 1st to January 15th. This is the time of year when anyone can sign up for a health or dental plan through the Washington insurance market— Washington Healthplanfinder.

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You can buy, compare, and choose a health plan that includes the new Cascade Care plans. But don’t miss the deadline (January 15th).

With so many people switching jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, these health plans offer the security of having health insurance no matter what.

Most people pay less than $ 100 a month due to the American Rescue Plan

Most uninsured King County residents can now get a high-value Cascade plan for under $ 100 per month or basic coverage for as little as $ 1 per month. This is due to the funding of the federal COVID-19 aid bill (the American Rescue Plan).

Even families earning well in excess of $ 100,000 now qualify for tax credits. Previously, they were not eligible for federal aid.

Public Health – Seattle and King County have insurance navigators available to help anyone compare health plans and enroll. Navigators can help you find your best options through the insurance market. They can also help you enroll in Washington’s Apple Health program if your family qualifies.

Cascade Care: the last option in Washington

Cascade Care plans are a great option for anyone worried about deductibles and co-payments for office visits.

  • These plans offer deductibles that are on average $ 1,000 less than other plans.
  • These plans cover primary care visits, mental health services, and generic drugs with no deductible.
  • All Cascade Care plans make it easy to compare, as the benefits and deductibles are the same for all insurance companies. As a result, you can easily shop based on: monthly premium cost; who is in the supplier networks; customer service; and quality ratings.

You can shop independently on the Washington Healthplanfinder website. And if you wish to discuss your options, you can speak to a Navigator over the phone or in person. To visit kingcounty.gov/outreach for a list of outreach events and find out how to get insurance enrollment assistance.


For more information and for assistance with registration:

  • On line: King County Health Awareness Website: Answers to basic questions, plus places and dates for in-person care
  • On line: Washington Healthplanfinder websiteIt’s easy to browse specific options, compare prices, and see if a key provider or prescription is covered
  • public health hotline (Community Health Access Program – CHAP) at 1-800-756-5437
  • E-mail questions to: [email protected]
  • Appointments in person a Federal Way Enrollment Storefront office (at 1640 South 318th Place, Federal Way), with hours Monday through Thursday. 8: 30-5 and Saturday 10-2
  • Special events for health insurance and the COVID-19 vaccine are listed on the awareness website

Originally published 11/05/2021

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