How to Stay Covered

Renew during Open Enrollment 

If you have a health plan through Washington Healthplanfinder, you will need to renew it every year. You can do so during open enrollment. Open enrollment is the time you can shop, compare and choose health and dental plans. It begins November 1 of each year.

Before open enrollment, you will get a renewal message. This message will tell you how to confirm your coverage for the coming year. In some cases, your current plan is not available. If so, this message will include details about a similar plan we have picked for you.

You may be able to automatically renew your plan for the upcoming year. If you choose this option, your new plan details can be found in your account. If not, you will have to manually renew your plan during open enrollment.

Sign into your account to shop and compare plans.

Use the WAPlanfinder app to shop and compare plans.

Download the WAPlanfinder mobile app through the App Store.     Download the WAPlanfinder mobile app through the Google Play store.

Report Changes 

Be sure to report major changes to your situation. These can include a new job, a change of income, getting pregnant and more. Changes like these can qualify you for financial assistance or a more affordable plan. Certain changes may also allow you to switch plans outside of open enrollment.

Shop and Compare Plans 

Renewing your coverage gives you a chance to make sure you have a plan that suits your needs. The Smart Planfinder tool makes shopping for a plan easy. It allows you to search by price, network and more, as well as compare up to 3 plans at once.

You may want to consider these things when comparing plans.


If your situation has changed, you may be eligible for new or different plans. Log into your account to shop for more options like our Cascade Care plans.


Different plan options can also offer different benefit packages. Compare plans to find coverage that suits your needs. For example, you may want to choose a plan that covers a provider or clinic that you visit often.


You can keep it simple by staying on your current plan for the upcoming year. Check if you meet these conditions:

  • You want to stay on your current plan.
  • Your plan or a similar plan is offered next year.
  • Your renewal letter says you can automatically renew your plan.

If you answer yes to all three, you are covered! Your plan will renew on January 1.

Pay Your Monthly Premium 

You must pay your first premium after you have chosen a plan. Your insurance carrier will send you information about your coverage. Pay your premium every month to stay covered.

Find out how to pay your premium by carrier.

Get Support if You Need It 

Visit our support pages to find the answers you need. You can search our FAQ, find experts in your area, connect with Customer Support and more.

Renew Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) 

In Washington, Medicaid is called Washington Apple Health. Free or low-cost coverage is available year-round for those who qualify.

Find out how to change your Washington Apple Health plan.

If you have questions about your Washington Apple Health plan, contact the Washington State Health Care Authority.

Washington State Health Care Authority 
Phone: 1-800-562-3022
Email: [email protected]
OnlineSecure Web Form
Business hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific) (except state holidays)

Mailing address:
PO Box 45531
Olympia WA 98504