Affordable Care Act
We’ve gathered information to help you find and sign up for health insurance coverage.
Health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) helps people get the health care they need regardless of their ability to pay, even if they are sick or have a prior health issue. Under the ACA, most U.S. citizens and legal residents must have health insurance.
If you’re uninsured, you can find a health insurance plan that fits your needs and budget through Washington’s plan finder site. You may even qualify for low-cost or free insurance.
Key enrollment dates and information include:
- Open enrollment begins Nov. 1 each year, for health insurance coverage for the following year, and ends Jan. 31.
- You can get coverage at any time of year if you qualify for Medicaid or CHIP or have certain life changes, such as:
- Getting married
- Having a baby
- Losing other health insurance coverage
Find out more about signing up for health insurance coverage at Washington’s plan finder site.
Health exchange plans we participate in
All facilities and practices
All CHI Franciscan facilities, including our physician practices, participate in these plans:
LifeWise, Premera, and United Healthcare Charter.
Additional options in Kitsap County:
BridgeSpan and Group Health*
Additional option in Pierce County:
*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 CHI Franciscan services may be limited.
How to sign up for health insurance
To find and enroll for health insurance coverage in Washington state:
To get local assistance by county, if you live in: