IPAs venture into snow, mountains to enroll 600 seasonal workers

Bundled up IPAs at Stevens Pass

Bundled up IPAs (Jen Covert, Penny Lara and Willie Allen) at Stevens Pass

They’re working weekends, evenings … and now venturing into the deep snow, to help people sign-up for health insurance.

Stevens Pass ski resort has about 600 seasonal/part-time workers. The resort does insure its permanent, full-time staff, but it wants this year’s seasonal staff to be insured, too.

New workers are attending orientations, filling out forms, etc., so it’s a good time for them to enroll in an insurance plan. They can make those choices any time, online, and pick a plan that best fits their needs. In-Person Assisters are there — from Public Health – Seattle & King County along with Snohomish, Chelan and Douglas counties — to help with any hickups they encounter in the system and guide them through the online process.

Meanwhile, yesterday, Swedish Medical Center opened its doors so that the neighboring community could join patients in getting enrollment assistance. During “Medicaid Enrollment Day” at its Cherry Hill campus, about 80 people were assisted, and many more used the opportunity to schedule appointments by phone with one of the hospital’s own In-Person Assisters.

In-Person Assisters at the starting gate, Swedish Medical center, waiting for the first person to arrive

In-Person Assisters at the starting gate, waiting for the first person to arrive

Washington Healthplanfinder works with businesses to help their workers enroll online.

While there’s a deadline of December 23 for anyone who needs coverage starting in January, the open enrollment period does run through March 31 — meaning people have time to make sure they pick the plan that best fits their needs.

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