Washington state health exchange extends deadline for some

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SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities are giving people who have been having technical problems signing up for health insurance through the state exchange more time to get insurance that begins Jan. 1.

The special 60-day enrollment period will allow some people to get retroactive insurance coverage. Most Washington residents were required to sign up for insurance by this Tuesday in order to have coverage on Jan. 1.

To qualify for the extension, people should fill out an online request form. People who need extra help or do not have Internet access, may call the customer support center. Exchange officials say customer making an extension request will receive a reply through email or regular mail.

Open enrollment for insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder continues through Feb. 15. Depending on when they sign up, people will be eligible for insurance on Feb. 1 or March 1.

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Online:

Washington Healthplanfinder: https://petition.wahealthplanfinder.org/

Customer Support: 1-855-923-4633

 

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