The dust has settled —
For those of you who don’t have health insurance and have not yet taken advantage of the savings made possible by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), make sure you are on the right website: www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Check the bottom of the page to make sure the health insurance site you are reading says “Powered by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Washington Healthplanfinder™ is the official ACA-compliant health benefit exchange for the State of Washington.” Start with the Washington State Insurance Commissioner’s website and follow the links it provides to get to the exchange.
The library has computers for you to use if you need access to the plan information. Feel free to use them; staff can assist with navigating the options available to you and if you decide to, create an account. Regardless of whether you use our computers or your own, use www.wahealthplanfinder.org, which can refer you to a qualified navigator or trained broker to help with your decision. Meanwhile, the library is open Monday – Thursday until 11 – 8 pm, Fridays and Saturday 11- 5 p.m. if you need an extra computer to do it on your own.
Other helpful links include articles from the November issue of Consumer Reports. It is one of the clearest, most practical explanations of how this new legislation may or may not affect you. The Library has a print and online subscription, and you’ll need your library card to read it online. Or drop by the library and we can help you find it.
Need some more information? Here are some helpful general sources you can try:
- Customer Support Network
- Health Benefit Exchange Overview Factsheet
- Health Terms Defined from the Seattle Times