The Open Enrollment period for purchasing discount health insurance begins next week, and King County is offering free expert help – with special emphasis on areas where large numbers of uninsured people live and work.
Those areas include south King County cities such as Auburn and Federal Way, along with some neighborhoods in Seattle and Bellevue. Some of the major enrollment events this year include:
- Sat. Nov. 7 – Seattle City Hall, 10am-3pm
- Sat. Nov. 14 – The Outlet Collection (mall), Auburn, 10am-3pm
- Sat. Nov. 21 – Bellevue Crossroads Shopping Center, 10am-3pm
- Sat. Jan. 9 – Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park, 10am-3pm
- Sat. Jan. 16 – Federal Way Commons, 10am-3pm
Health insurance assistance will also return to public library branches in neighborhoods across the county.
This year, many people signing up for insurance can also get Metro Transit’s discount transit passes (called ORCA LIFT).
Taxi drivers, restaurant and nail salon workers
Overall, a targeted outreach effort will help the remaining adults and families in King County who do not have insurance — and connect them with Washington Healthplanfinder. Public Health—Seattle & King County has analyzed enrollment patterns and data from the US Census Bureau to identify zip codes where there are likely larger numbers of people who remain uninsured. Those areas will get extra attention. Continue reading