Nearly 12 million Americans have lost their health coverage this year after losing their jobs. In addition to that, many never had employer-sponsored insurance to begin with. In Washington, nearly a quarter-million residents don’t have health insurance through their employer, meaning they have to buy it on the individual market. It’s a daunting task, but one that is made easier by Washington Healthplanfinder.
“We want to make sure, especially in a pandemic, that people are covered, that people have their health insurance,” said Shawna Crume-Bruce, marketing manager for Washington Healthplanfinder. “When you need it, you really need it and no one knows when. Going to a hospital is not cheap and if you have to pay for every single penny out of pocket, it really hurts.”
With open enrollment upon us, now is the perfect time for Washington residents to find a health or dental plan that fits their needs and works within their budgets. From now through December 15, Washingtonians can freely sign up for or switch to a new health or dental plan which will go into effect January 2021.
Washington Healthplanfinder is a marketplace for public and private health and dental insurance options for Washingtonians. With four new insurance providers added to the marketplace this year, those who are in the market for health coverage can look into the 115 plans offered across the state and browse the options available in their regions. Additionally, a recent tax credit analysis of 2021 plans revealed that the majority of customers who are seeing a premium increase at renewal can save money by switching to a lower-priced plan.
“When you have so much choice, that ends up helping drive that competition,” Crume-Bruce said. “It causes premiums to go down, and it allows for customers to make choosing health care coverage as easy as possible based upon how they are living.”