Pasco Wash. — With the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency ending for the state of Washington, extended coverage for those with state health insurance like Apple Health is ending. On Saturday, we talked to community health partners who say they are always ready to help with renewals or registrations.
Event organizers say most users whose policies are about to expire should have gotten notice by mail of the extension's end and should give you at least a month's notice of policy expiration. We're told folks should not take the notices lightly, as it could present a problem for someone showing up to an appointment with no coverage.
And this weekend at the Tri-Cities Community Health building in Pasco, in partnership with the Community Health Plan of Washington, and other Tri-Cities partners, an event aiming to spread awareness of the extension's end, while also answering any questions, along with staff on-site to help folks through the process. Organizers say these are free family events with games and even food and snacks for the kids.
Brisa Guajardo, Manager of Business Development with the Community Health Plan of Washington, says. "If you are also worried about what other options are out there, maybe you think your income is going to be too high, and not eligible. Don't let that stop you from going through the renewal process. There are other programs, like individual plans, that also will help with that coverage. You might be eligible for additional subsidies that can help reduce the cost of that premium."
Organizers of today's event say if you weren't able to make it down, not to worry. We're told there are a number of local resources to help, whether you're ready to renew, or are just looking to find a health plan that's right for you.
Leslie Martinez, Outreach, Enrollment, and Marketing for Tri-Cities Community Health, says. "We are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am til 5:00 pm. We do sometimes have weekend events, that we're here for, and we're willing to stay after hours to work around the community's work schedules, so please give us a call, we are at 509-543-1952."
Organizers from the event say there will be more events like this on the way in the coming weeks and months.
You can find more information about Tri-Cities Community Health, as well as the Community Health Plan of Washington.