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Find current information on health and medicine using Consumer Health Complete and Medline Plus. These subscription services are available for free to library card holders. Need a card? Click here. This page also contains information for everyone about the Affordable Care Act and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange program.

Information About Affordable Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010. On June 28, 2012 the Supreme Court rendered a final decision to uphold the health care law.

You may read the full text of the Act at http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/law/index.html.

As part of the Affordable Health Care Act, U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualifying health coverage by January 1, 2014. In preparation for this, a health care exchange (a place where consumers can purchase subsidized health insurance coverage) will be available on October 1, 2013. Open enrollment runs from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.


Washington state is implementing the provisions of the ACA using the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (WHBE). Visit the Washington Health Benefit Exchange at: http://www.wahbexchange.org for full details about new insurance coverage.

Or you may wish to go directly to the WHBE’s Washington Health Plan Finder to compare coverage and get quotes for yourself, your family or your employees at: http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

Scam Alert: Several “look alike” fraudulent websites are attempting to mimic the Washington Health Benefits Exchange. Internet security experts suggest: Do not use Google or Bing to search for the Health Benefits Exchange. Start with the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s website and follow the links it provides to get to the exchange. You may also use the links provided above to go directly to Washington’s Health Plan Finder. For more information about this scam, read the King 5 News report.

You can now enroll in health insurance plans with coverage to start on January 1, 2014. You may enroll online or by speaking with certified representatives at various sites on the North Olympic Peninsula. Visit any of the sites listed below or click here to view a complete list of local sites offering in-person assistance.

  • Forks Community Hospital, 530 Bogachiel Way, Forks. 360-374-6271
  • Olympic Area Agency on Aging, 411 W. Washington St, Sequim. 360-452-3221
  • Olympic Medical Center, 939 Caroline St, Port Angeles. 360-417-7000
  • Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest, 426 E. Eighth St, Port Angeles. 800-230-7526
  • Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics, 909 Georgiana St, Port Angeles. 360-457-4431

For information now, phone 855-923-4633 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. to 8p.m. or email .

Additional Resources:

Washington Citizen and Immigration Eligibility Chart

Consumer Reports guide to health care reform

AARP Health Law Fact Sheets http://www.aarp.org/health/health-care-reform/health_reform_factsheets

Kaiser Family Foundation's flowchart for The Requirement to Buy Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner http://www.insurance.wa.gov

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare