Feb 20, 2015
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, a state-based health marketplace, announced a spring “Special Enrollment Opportunity” for Washington residents who want to avoid tax penalty for 2015.
Nearly 160,000 Washington residents enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan through www.wahealthplanfinder.org by the close of open enrollment on Feb. 15. Due to a high volume of requests, the Exchange announced a special enrollment opportunity for residents who were unable to complete their applications by the Feb. 15 deadline or who may become aware of the tax penalty for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act when they file their annual tax return this year.
Special Enrollment Period runs until April 17, 2015.
Those who aren't covered in 2015 will face a penalty next year through the Internal Revenue Service of $325 per individual or up to 2 percent of your income, whichever is greater. Washingtonians who would like to enroll in 2015 coverage can contact AMERICAN INSURANCE for no cost assistance from an exchange certified health insurance agent, or contact the wahealthplanfinder.org before April 17, 2015.
Customers must request the spring special enrollment period by 4:59 PM on April 17 and pick a Qualified Health Plan and submit a payment by 11:59 PM on April 17 to secure 2015 coverage. For more information about the spring special enrollment opportunity, please click here for detailed frequently asked questions. As a reminder, customers with standard qualifying life events, such as getting married or having a baby, may contact AMERICAN INSURANCE or may complete their online application per the standard special enrollment process.
Source: Washington Health Benefit Exchange, News Release – Feb 16, 2015