ACA Health Benefit Exchanges

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

ACA-Sponsored Health Plan Open Enrollment from November 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015
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 2015 must enroll during the open enrollment period referenced above. For more information about ACA-sponsored health care plans, review this Frequently Asked Questions document or contact Jeff Johnson, whose information is shown at the bottom of this web page.

IRS Provides YouTube Videos as a Resource for 2014 Tax Filings
The IRS announced the availability of several YouTube videos to help taxpayers get important information about the ACA and tax return filing. The videos discuss the premium tax credit and the individual shared responsibility provision. These ACA provisions could impact an individual’s tax return next year when filing a 2014 return. The IRS YouTube channel is available here.


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)

Jeff Johnson at 253.249.7846 or

JBJ Insurance Flyer

Health Benefit Exchange Options

Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in effect, there is 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.


Frequently Asked Questions