The Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) is warning customers without 2020 coverage that Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline to sign up for health and dental plans through Washington Healthplanfinder that begin on Jan. 1.

Since the open enrollment period began, more than 187,000 Washingtonians have already selected 2020 Qualified Health Plans (QHP) using Washington Healthplanfinder, including around 15,000 residents who signed up for health coverage over the past week. With traffic to expected to continue rising, customers needing 2020 coverage are directed to submit an application and lock in their plan selection immediately to avoid any potential delays.

“It is important customers act now in order to secure coverage that begins on Jan. 1,” said Michael Marchand, Exchange chief marketing officer. “Help is available to all Washingtonians needing to go through the plan selection process. We encourage residents to utilize the Exchange’s customer support resources to select health and dental coverage that begins as soon as possible.”

Outside the standard weekday operating hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Exchange Customer Support call center based in Spokane Valley (1-855-923-4633) is open extended hours to assist those signing up for coverage by the deadline for Jan. 1 coverage.

Extended Hours

  • December 11-14 (Saturday): 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • December 15 (Sunday): 11:30 – 11:59 p.m.

Customers needing last-minute help can also access in-person assistance at full-service enrollment centerslocated throughout the state. The locations are staffed with trained navigators and brokers to help customers review their coverage options and help determine if they qualify for financial help.

Additional in-person assistance is provided at enrollment events—check for dates— before the December 15 deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. Residents can also connect with navigators and brokers in their area by clicking the “Customer Support” link on www.wahealthplanfinder.

Residents who do not need coverage that begins at the start of the New Year have until the close of open enrollment on Jan. 31 to secure health and dental plans. Customers who sign up by Jan. 23 will have coverage that begins on Feb. 1. Plans selected between Jan. 24 and 31 will begin on March 1.

Available resources for coverage

Chat will provide customers a platform to talk directly with customer support representatives—in English and Spanish—during business hours when they are logged into their user account.

Before starting the application process, gather all your information:

  • Legal names of all household members
  • Birthdates for household members
  • Home and mailing address
  • Social Security Number or immigration documents (Families which include unlawfully present immigrants may still apply)
  • Income information (recent pay stubs, tax return, or W-2)
  • Tax filing status
  • Current health plan information
  • Tribal membership (if enrolled in a federally recognized tribe)

Visit the Exchange for a complete step-by-step list of the application process from start to finish or a downloadable checklist