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COVID-19 enrollment period for Washington health insurance ends Friday

Gov. Jay Inslee urged Washington state residents to obtain health insurance through new measures created in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A special enrollment period for Washington state health insurance during the coronavirus pandemic ends May 8. 

Those who are uninsured have until Friday to choose a plan.

"We hope that this will help you get through these troubled times," Gov. Jay Inslee said.

The Health Care Authority and its partners have stopped termination of coverage for all recipients of Washington Apple Health unless the recipient requests termination or is no longer a state resident.

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Residents who are uninsured can apply for coverage. Washington Healthplanfinder will determine if they apply Washington Apple Health coverage – available year round – or qualified coverage, which is available during an open-enrollment period and during the year if residents experience a qualifying event. If you became uninsured due to the coronavirus pandemic, you qualify.

Renewals are not required at this time, with the Health Care Authority extending coverage to households who have a renewal due in March or April. Individuals have 90 days from the date of closure to complete their renewal and prevent any gap in coverage.

All qualified health plans offered through Washington Healthplanfinder will cover the costs of testing for COVID-19. Those carriers include:

  • Bridgespan Health Company
  • Coordinated Care Corporation
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest
  • Lifewise Health Plan of Washington
  • Molina Healthcare of Washington
  • Premera Blue Cross

For people facing furloughs or being laid off during the pandemic, Washington Apple Health can be a temporary option until finding other employment. 

For frequently asked questions, visit the FAQ page and the coronavirus FAQ page.

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