Exchange announces 2022 plans
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange’s open enrollment period is underway.
Statewide, 120 health plans are available from 12 carriers. In Okanogan County, 25 plans are available from three carriers, not counting Apple Health. Okanogan’s plans are offered by Ambetter, Lifewise and Community Health Network of Washington.
The last day to file for coverage starting Jan. 1, 2022, is Dec. 15 and open enrollment ends on Jan. 15, 2022. The Customer Support Center will be open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during that time.
For more information and to research health plans, go to www.wahbexchange.org.
According to the Exchange, 80 percent of Okanogan County residents signed up through the system receive federal assistance that lowers their premiums.
“The Exchange encourages all existing customers and those who are without health care coverage to visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org to compare and find the best plan for them by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022,” a news release states.
Medicare open enrollment
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period this year is scheduled for Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, and is a time when people can enroll, switch plans, or join a Part D drug plan.
For more information, go to www.insurance.wa.gov.