Open enrollment for health plans on the state-based insurance exchange begins Saturday, giving Washington residents who purchased plans last year their first opportunity to make changes to their coverage.
The small-business health insurance marketplace offered only in Clark and Cowlitz counties in 2014 will expand to include the rest of the state in 2015, allowing businesses with 25 employees or fewer to purchase health plans and cash in on a 50 percent tax credit.
Clark County residents looking to purchase health plans in the state insurance exchange will have significantly more options to choose from next year. And one of the existing providers’ choices are going to be less expensive.
Clark County's Medicaid population has increased by about 24 percent in the last six months — an increase that translates to more than 19,000 new adults enrolled in the health program for low-income people.
The countdown is on. Washington residents have only a few days to complete their applications and submit payments for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Once the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline passes, those who are uninsured will be unable to purchase health insurance until the next open enrollment begins Nov. 15.