Information about the Affordable Care Act

With the Affordable Care Act in effect as of January 1, 2014, everyone must have health insurance. If you’re one of the nearly 1 million uninsured in our state, you can now begin shopping for an insurance plan that fits your needs and budget – you may even qualify for low-cost or free insurance.

For coverage starting in 2014, open enrollment is closed. For coverage starting in 2015, the proposed open enrollment period is November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015.

The Affordable Care Act was created to ensure everyone can get the healthcare they need regardless of their budget, even if they are sick or have a prior health issue.


Plans we participate in

There are several plans that cover the Franciscan and Highline network of physicians and services including Franciscan Medical Group, St. Anthony Hospital, St. Clare Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center and Highline Medical Center. Those plans are LifeWise, Premera, Community Health Plans of Washington (CHPW) and Group Health*.

AFA plans

Plans that cover Harrison Medical Center, including HealthPartners medical group, are LifeWise, Community Health Plans of Washington (CHPW), BridgeSpan Health and Group Health*.
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* While we participate in Group Health’s plan, they generally try to serve enrollees through Group Health clinics, surgery centers and other services. So, if patients sign up with Group Health, depending upon where they live, their access to Franciscan services may be limited.


How to sign up

Below are several ways for you to find the coverage you need and enroll:

For local assistance:

  • if you live in Pierce County you can contact a community agency offering In-person Assistors, view your local agencies
  • if you live in King County you can find assistance and enrollment events by visiting the Public Health website

Other resources