More than 11,000 people in Bellevue are uninsured. As a result of the Affordable Care Act, uninsured or underinsured residents can now shop for health insurance that fits their needs and budgets.
Washington residents can find, compare and enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. A Bellevue enrollment kickoff is Saturday at the Crossroads Shopping Center, 15600 NE Eighth St., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. At the event, health insurance providers will answer specific questions about the plans they are offering. Public Health-certified customer service experts, who are trained to give unbiased information regarding insurance options, will provide individual help with enrollment.
All health plans offered through Washington Healthplanfinder include basic benefits such as doctor visits, emergency care, prescriptions, maternity care and preventive care, including cancer screenings and vaccinations. Free or low-cost coverage is available. Depending on how much you earn, you may qualify for free coverage or for tax credits or financial help to pay for copays and premiums. No one will be denied coverage because they are sick or have a pre-existing condition.
Enrollment began Oct. 1, and is open until March 31 next year to sign up for coverage during 2014. Public Health - Seattle & King County will offer several enrollment events in Bellevue in October and November.
Public Health has a calendar of all enrollment events in Bellevue. There are also appointments with multilingual personal assistors available throughout the enrollment period at various locations, including Mini City Hall at Crossroads Bellevue. To schedule an appointment, call 425-452-2800.
The state's Multi-lingual Call Center can also provide help in over 175 languages. Call 1-855-WAFINDER or 1-855-923-4633 for foreign-language assistance.
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