People who haven’t yet enrolled in a health insurance plan can get help this weekend at shopping malls across the state.
Open enrollment for health coverage required by federal law ends Feb. 15. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange plans eight events this Saturday and Sunday where people and businesses can get in-person help using Washington Healthplanfinder, the online marketplace. All but one event is on Saturday. Six of the events across the state will be held at shopping malls, including Tacoma’s and Olympia’s.
• Tacoma: Tacoma Mall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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• Olympia: Capital Mall, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Bellingham: Whatcom Community College, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Everett: Everett Community College, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Spokane: Spokane Valley Mall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Vancouver: Westfield Vancouver Mall, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Yakima: Valley Mall – Union Gap, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
An event at Seattle’s Northgate Mall will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“These events are a great way to connect with someone in your local community who can walk you through the process from start to finish,” said Michael Marchand, communications director for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, in a news release. “Small businesses are also encouraged to attend to see what type of options are available to them.”
Help from people who speak multiple language will be available at most locations, the release said.
Small businesses can find help at any event, but a special gathering for small business owners will be held Friday, Jan. 23, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pierce County Library Administration building, 3005 112th St. E. in Tacoma.
Anyone who signs up for coverage on Saturday and later won’t have it until March. People who want coverage for February must sign up by Friday, Jan. 23, at 4:59 p.m.