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Know someone who needs health insurance?

By Roberta Riley 

Chances are we all know dozens of friends, neighbors, and family members who lack health insurance.

Maybe it’s the nicest person you know— the neighbor you trust with your extra house key, the person who cuts your hair, or the farmer who sells delicious berries at your local market. Maybe it’s your friend, who cares for her family while juggling a full load of other responsibilities. Maybe it’s your son, who works hard, but can’t see a doctor for fear the bills will bankrupt him.

Or maybe you are one of the million plus Washington residents who lack health insurance—that’s 1 in 7 Washingtonians. Maybe you are stuck in the middle: too young for Medicare, but retired or in a job that doesn’t offer health benefits.

The good news: Starting in October, the uninsured can apply for new, affordable coverage options. People who currently have insurance can also explore the new options, but may not always be eligible.

The bad news: Few Washingtonians know about the good news. Years of attacks against the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called “Obamacare”), left many people with the mistaken impression that health reform failed—but the truth is the best parts of the new law are just about to take effect.

Who do you know who needs health insurance?

This fall is the time to reach out and encourage your friends, neighbors, and family members to explore their new options.

Here are the key things every Washingtonian needs to know:

How You Can Apply:

When You Can Apply:

September 3, 2013 – Call Center Opens: Call 1-855-WAFINDER (855-923-4633) if you have questions about your new coverage options (but you can’t start applying until October).

Roberta Riley is Communications Consultant at Northwest Health Law Advocates and a Member of PSARA. 

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