Special Enrollment

Special Enrollment Periods

Some life events let you sign up for a health plan at any time of year. This is called a special enrollment period. Qualifying life events include job loss, birth, adoption, marriage and more. You can apply for a special enrollment period up to 60 days after the event.

You do not need a special enrollment period to sign up for Washington Apple Health. You can do so at any time.

You may not qualify for Washington Apple Health. You can still sign up for a plan through special enrollment if this is the case.

 

Examples of Qualifying Life Events

  • Marriage or entering a domestic partnership
  • Birth
  • Adoption or foster care
  • Receipt of a court order (including child support)
  • Loss of a dependent or dependent status due to death, divorce or legal separation*
  • A change in income
  • Loss of other health coverage (job loss, divorce, loss of Washington Apple Health or WSHIP)
  • Moving to Washington or a new county in Washington
  • A change in citizenship or lawful presence status
  • Release from prison
  • Tribal membership
  • Loss of free COBRA coverage

*This is for currently enrolled customers only.

Not all events qualify you for special enrollment. You can sign up for a health plan during the next open enrollment period if this is the case. Open enrollment starts Nov. 1 each year.

Examples of Events that Do Not Qualify

  • Choosing to end another health plan
  • Health plan ending due to unpaid premium
  • Finding out your doctor is not covered through your plan

Other Circumstances that Qualify

These other circumstances may qualify you for special enrollment.

  • Surviving domestic abuse or violence (read more)
  • Spousal and domestic abandonment
  • Errors on the part of Washington Healthplanfinder that prevent you from getting coverage (including system errors)
  • Contract violation by your Qualified Health Plan
  • Other circumstances as approved by Washington Healthplanfinder

How to Apply for Special Enrollment

It is easy to apply for special enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder. Follow these steps if you think you qualify.
 
New Customers
  • Create an account
  • Fill out an application
  • Fill out the Special Enrollment Questionnaire
  • If you qualify, select and confirm your plan
Current Customers
  • Sign into your account
  • Go to your dashboard and choose “Report a change”
  • Fill out the Special Enrollment Questionnaire
  • If you qualify, select and confirm your plan