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2 L- OcrOaER 31, 2018 GOLDENDALE, WASHINGTON Washington Healthplanfmder Introduces In-Person Assistance Sites For 2018 Open Enrollment New enrollment centers in Along with four sites person help to understand Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham returning from last year, and select health insurance and central Washington to six new in-person assistance coverage," said Pam Mac- debut onNov. 1 locations are set to be intro- Ewan, CEO of the Washing- The Washington Healthduced in areas including ton Health Benefit Exchange. Benefit Exchange today Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham With our open enrollment announced locations of the 10 Yakima, Kennewick and full-service enrollment cent:" Wenatchee: Each storefront period shortened to six weeks ers that will offer in-person will be staffed with trained this year, it is especially assistance to customers sign- navigators or brokers ready important consumers visit a ing up for health and dental to guide residents through the nearby enrollment center or coverage through Washing- enrollment process, connect with a member of our ton Healthplanfinder dur- "Navigators and brokers statewide network of brokers ing the upcoming open enroll- provide an invaluable service and navigators beginning on merit period, Nov. 1-Dec. 15. to consumers who rely on in- Nov. 1." Addresses and contact information for all 2018 enrollment centers The sites Selected reside in counties with some of the highest uninsured rates in Washington state: Enrollment Center Site (CountY) Uninsured Population* Seattle (King) - New Location Federal Way (King) 93,817 Tacoma (Pierce) - New Location 39,450 Yaldma (Yakima) - New Location 24,776 Spokane (Spokane) 22,921 Vancouver (Clark) 21,261 Bellingham (Whatcom) - New Location 12,137 Kennewick (Benton) -New Location 11,739 10,859 Olympia (Thurston) Wenatchee (Chelan) - New Location 5,011 *- Estimates for under-65 population, based on adjusted 2016 American Community Survey data Each enrollment center a navigator or broker in their ketplace for individuals and is hosting regular hours of area beginning on Nov. 1. Con- families in Washington to operation throughout the necting with in-person help is compare and enroll ill health open enrollment period and easiest through the WAPlan- insurance coverage and gain will offer extended availabil- finder mobile app that uses a access to tax credits, reduced ity leading up to the Dec. 15 customer's current location to cost sharing and public pro- deadline to sign up for cover- provide contact information grams such as Medicaid. The age. Resources available at for and detailed directions to next open enrollment period each site include computer the nearest navigators and for Washington Healthplan, work stations for customers brokers, to compare their health plan In-person helpmaY alsofinder begins on Nov. 1 and ends on Dec. 15. options through Washington be found by clicking the About WashingtonApple Heatthplanfinder and edu,: '!Customer Support" link on Health cational materials explaining www,wahealthplanfinder. In Washington, Medicaid important health insurance org. Additional over-the- is called Washington Apple terms. . phone assistance is available Health. Free or low-cost Navigators and brokers by calling the Washington are now also trained to assist Healthplanfi! der Customer coverage is available year- Compact of Free Association Support Center at 1-855-923- round for those who qualify. (COFA) islanders who sign up, 4633. Since the Affordable Care for health insurance cover- Reminders: Enroll- Act launchedinOctober2013, age during open enrollment, ment is offered year-round more people have access to Beginning in 2019, residents to individuals and families preventive care, like cancer who qualify for COFA Islander through Washington Apple screenings, treatment for Health Care may have their Health (Medicaid), Custom- diabetes and high blood pres- monthly premiums and out- ers enrolled in Apple Health sure, and many other health of-pocket costs paid for by the will receive a notice of 60 days care services they need to Washington State Health Care before the month they enrolled stay healthy. Apple Health cli- Authority. in or renewed their coverage ents enroll and renew online With two weeks remain- lastyear, using Washington lth- ing.until the start of open About Washington planfinder. Apple Health is enrollment, all residents are Healthplanfinder administered by the Washing: now encouraged to schetlule ,", Was llg On l-Iealth: ton State Health Care Author- anappaintment to meet with planander is an' ordiiie mar ity:.www.hc .w t.gov. on Facebooki S:e2t!pd: A few of Liz's Endorsements Blaine Tamaki, Equal Rights Washington, Don Hinman, ACT Yakima, Sara Cate, Environment and Climate Caucus, Yakima County Democrats, WSLC, American Federa on of T eachers, Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Re red Public Employees Council, LD 14 Democrats, Young Democrats of Washington, Young Democrats of Clark County, Clark County Democrats, Klickitat County Democrats, Eric Holt, Clark County. Council Candidate, Arturo Garza Sr.