ACA Health Benefit Exchanges

On October 1, the State of Washington released details on 2014 health benefit exchange offerings available through the federally-mandated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Please refer to the information in the sidebar of this web page, and contact Human Resources ( or 253.879.3369) at any time with questions about your health care benefits.

ACA-Sponsored Health Plan Open Enrollment Ends March 31, 2014

You can only buy ACA-sponsored health care coverage during defined open enrollment periods unless you have a life event that qualifies you for a special enrollment period.  Examples of qualifying life events are marriage, divorce, having a baby or changing your place of employment. This applies to all individual health plans in every state. An individual who wants ACA-sponsored health care coverage in 2014 must enroll by March 31, 2014, or otherwise wait until the next open enrollment period starting November 15, 2014, for coverage effective January 1, 2015. For more information about ACA-sponsored health care plans, please contact Jeff Johnson, whose information is shown at the bottom of this web page.

Please note: Mid-year enrollment changes are not permitted on a university-sponsored medical plan due to enrollment or un-enrollment in an ACA-sponsored health benefit exchange plan.

Helpful Resources

There are several resources available to assist you with questions about the ACA-sponsored health benefit exchanges:

State of Washington exchange

State of Washington health plan finder (or call 1.855.WAFINDER)

Exchanges in other states (for those with dependents in other states)

Jeff Johnson at 253.249.7846 or

Health Benefit Exchange Options

When key parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect in 2014, there will be a new way to buy health insurance. You will see these health care options referred to as the “health insurance marketplace,” the “health benefit exchange,” or simply “the exchange.” To assist you in evaluating options for you and your family, this notice provides some basic information about health care options available through the exchange.


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