Help available to find health plan this month

By Marissa Harshman, Columbian health reporter

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Those who are uninsured have until the end of the month to purchase a health plan through the insurance exchange if they want to collect a tax credit.

The open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder, the state-based insurance exchange, ends March 31. After that date, people can still purchase individual health plans through insurance companies and brokers, but they won't be eligible for a tax credit from the federal government.

Clark County Public Health is hosting a series of events to help local residents get enrolled before the deadline. In-person aides will be on hand at the events to offer one-on-one support, helping people compare and enroll in plans.

Here's the list of this month's events:

• 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday at Battle Ground Community Library, 1207 S.E. Eighth Way.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Washougal Community Library, 1661 C St.

• 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Vancouver Community Library, Columbia Room, 901 C St.

• 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Westfield Vancouver Mall, 8700 N.E. Vancouver Mall Drive. An informational table will be set up on the mall's first floor, next to Nordstrom and Starbucks.

• Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Free Clinic of Southwest Washington, 4100 Plomondon St., Vancouver.

• 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at White Salmon Valley Community Library, 77 N.E. Wauna Ave.

Clark County Public Health has a list of organizations offering one-on-one support outside of the scheduled events on its website, clark.wa.gov/public-health/insurance/enrollment.html.

Medicaid, the health program for low-income residents, does not have an open enrollment period. People can enroll in Medicaid year-round on wahealthplanfinder.org.