Health care enrollment starts Oct. 1, local agencies to help
In-person assister network in Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties
Janis Koch, Public Health
Starting Oct. 1, a local network of in-person assisters will help residents who lack health insurance compare plans and enroll in health insurance for coverage beginning January 1. Part of the Washington Health Benefit Exchanges Customer Support Program, the in-person assisters will answer questions about new types of health coverage options and financial help for qualifying consumers through Washington HealthPlanFinder.
We are working hand-in-hand with numerous organizations in Southwest Washington to let residents of all income levels know about the new health plans, enrollment process and how to find plans that fit their needs and budgets, said Janis Koch, Clark County Public Health program manager. We encourage everyone to get coverage.
People wanting to get one-on-one support to find and enroll in a suitable health care plan can contact participating assister agencies. They include:
Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of SW Washington, (360) 694-8144
Clark County Public Health, (360) 397-8000
Columbia River Mental Health Services, (360) 993.3000
Community Services Northwest, (360) 397-8484
Consumer Voices Are Born (CVAB), (360) 397-8050
Council for the Homeless, 360) 699-5106
Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, (360) 313-1390
Lifeline Connections, (360) 397-8246
Lutheran Community Services Northwest, (360) 694-5624
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, (877) 202-3597
Share, (360) 695-7658
Klickitat Valley Health, (509) 773-4022
NorthShore Medical Group, (509) 493-2133
NorthShore Medical Group, (509) 427-4212
Skamania County Community Health, (509) 427-3850
In addition to in-person assisters, residents have other options for finding and enrolling in health care plans offered through Washington HealthPlanFinder:
Call 855-WAFINDER (1-855-923-4633) for toll-free customer support, weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Trained representatives are available to provide assistance in nearly 175 languages.
Email customer support.
Shop for insurance online by visiting Washington HealthPlanFinder.
All health plans offered through Washington HealthPlanFinder meet strict benefit and quality standards and cover essential benefits, including doctor visits, hospital stays, prescriptions and regular check-ups. An individual earning up to $45,000 and a family of four earning up to $94,000 a year may qualify for financial help toward premiums and copays. Free and low-cost coverage also is available.
Clark County is one of 10 lead organizations selected by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to coordinate local in-person assister networks. Statewide, the exchange is partnering with nearly 100 community organizations, including public health agencies, coalitions and regional health networks, to help with education and enrollment in local communities. Additional partners will be confirmed in the weeks ahead.
In-person assister organizations can be located on a searchable map.