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.
AFFORDABLE CARE IN WASHINGTON STATE & CLALLAM COUNTY
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.
For information now, phone 855-923-4633 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. to 8p.m. or email .
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
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