Monday, December 28, 2015

There’s still time to get a health plan for 2016


Consumers have until Jan. 31 to sign up for a health plan for 2016 coverage. People who do not have a health plan for 2016 face a penalty on their taxes of 2.5 percent of their income or $695 per person, whichever is higher. Read more about the tax penalty.

If you are still looking for a health plan, you check our state’s health insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder to find out if you qualify for financial help, including tax credits that may lower the cost of coverage. 

If you do not qualify for help with your health insurance, you can contact an insurance agent or broker directly to find out what your plan options are. You can look at the 2016 individual plans and rates on our website.

Read some tips from us about things you should consider when shopping for a health plan.

After Jan. 31, you’ll have to qualify for a special enrollment period to sign up or make a change to your plan, or wait until the 2017 open enrollment period.

Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.