Do you need health insurance for your child? Open enrollment for individual health insurance for children is now underway. From Sept. 15-Oct. 31 you can buy an individual plan for your child or add them to your plan with out having to fill out a health questionnaire.
Under health reform, health plans can no longer deny children coverage if they have a pre-existing medical condition, but they can create open enrollment periods. Washington state has two annual enrollment periods: March 15-April 30 and Sept. 15-Oct. 31.
If you need coverage now, don't wait. You have until the end of Oct., but the sooner you enroll, the faster you'll get coverage.
The next open enrollment starts March 15. Here's a list of plans in the individual market by county and what to do if you miss the enrollment period.