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Information on the Affordable Care Act

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange open enrollement begins November 1, 2015, unless you have a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, moving to a new area or losing your exisitng coverage.   Click on the following links for more information and  additional resources:

How to use Washington Health Plan Finder

Tips for Buying a Qualified Health Plan

Checklist to apply for free and low-cost health insurance

Help is available by contacting a Navigator, Broker or a Customer Support Respresentatives at 1-855-WAFINDER.

In March 2010 Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which puts in place comprehensive health insurance reform.  Starting October 1, 2013 the Affordable Care Act will be be implemented, increasing access to affordable health care for individuals, families, seniors, and businesses.  

Under this federal law, most individuals will be required to have health insurance coverage.  To be in compliance with the federal regulations, students have several options:

  • You can choose to stay on your parents health insurance until the age of 26
  • You can purchase your own health insurance through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange at
  • You may receive coverage through your employer or your spouse
  • You may be eligible for catastrophic only coverage

In 2016, the penalty for not having health insurance is $695.00 per adult, $347.50 per child or 2.5 percent of your taxable income (whichever is greater). The penalty goes up substantially each year.

Please note that this is not a requirement to attend Eastern Washington University, we are providing this information to keep you informed.

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