The annual open enrollment period for Washingtonians seeking health care coverage in 2022 began Monday, Nov. 1. Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) reports over 800 customers in Klickitat County have already secured health coverage for 2022 through Washington Healthplanfinder (www.wahealthplanfinder.org), the state’s online insurance marketplace.

Recent changes to federal law, including the American Rescue Plan Act, have increased savings available to Washington Healthplanfinder customers. Currently, eight out of every ten customers in Klickitat County receive federal assistance which lowers their premiums by $300 per month on average.

Klickitat County customers are encouraged to visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org to shop and compare available plans. Ninety-eight percent of current Klickitat County customers have a lower cost option available in 2022. Customers who shop and compare could save an additional $1490 per year on average.

Klickitat County residents have a variety of options to choose from. During this year’s open enrollment period, 45 plans from five carriers are available in Klickitat County. Existing customers and those without health care coverage can compare and find the best plan for them by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

Some of the easiest options to compare are Cascade Care plans, which take the guesswork out of plan selection by offering the same benefits and cost-sharing across carriers within each metal level so that customers can distinguish plans based on premium, quality, and customer service. Cascade Care plans feature deductibles that are on average $1,000 less than non-standardized plans, and they cover more services prior to meeting a deductible, including primary care visits, mental health services, and generic drugs. There are 18 Cascade Care plans to choose from in Klickitat County.

Washington Healthplanfinder offers a wide range of resources to help people navigate their coverage options – including in-person enrollment centers, video call or phone assistance, and the WAPlanfinder Mobile App. Anyone requiring help signing up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder may contact the Customer Support Center at (855) 923-4633, TTY (855) 627-9604.

Customers can also contact an Exchange certified Navigator, Broker, or Enrollment center in Klickitat County who can answer insurance questions and help with enrollment. Free help from local experts is accessible via the WAPlanfinder App or by visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

During open enrollment, the Customer Support Center will be open and ready to receive calls from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Customer Support Center is closed on weekends and holidays except for extended hours on the following days:

  • Thursday, Nov.11 (Veteran’s Day) open 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 15 (last day to enroll for coverage beginning Jan. 1) open 7:30 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 15 (last day of open enrollment) open 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice of 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.