The Washington Health Benefit Exchange (WAHBE) is aligning with the federal marketplace (Healthcare.gov) to provide additional time for people to enroll in health insurance. In support of this effort, the Exchange will be replicating federal flexibility and provide a special enrollment period (SEP) to extend the timeframe for Washingtonians seeking health coverage.
We realize that extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Aligning with federal efforts to extend the time for individuals to secure health coverage is a necessary step to ensure the ongoing health, safety, and well-being of Washingtonians during the current pandemic.
What you need to know:
- This SEP begins on February 15, 2021 and runs through May 15, 2021.
- This SEP is for those currently uninsured as well as those who are enrolled in other health insurance products – including short-term limited duration plans, health sharing ministries or COBRA – who are seeking coverage alternatives (anyone not currently covered through Washington Healthplanfinder).
- Current Washington Healthplanfinder enrollees are not eligible and may not change plans (this does not apply if an enrollee experiences a qualifying life event that allows for a plan change).
- Customer Support Center, Enrollment Centers, Navigators, and Producers will be able to assist with these requests.
- Individuals have 60 days from the date the SEP is approved to enroll in and submit their plan selection.
- Enrollment follows the 15th of the month rule. For example:
- It is expected that Healthcare.gov, the Federal Exchange, will sponsor extensive national advertising which will assist in getting the word out to Washingtonians.
Reminder: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).
Visit our Coronavirus FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
The Exchange will be sending more information on how to request a SEP as it becomes available.