Need to get help to sign up for the new Health Insurance program? Here's How...
Local face-to-face help:
Public hospitals and other agencies on the North Olympic Peninsula are offering face-to-face help about the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” the health-reform law or the “federal health care overhaul”:
- Olympic Area Agency on Aging — 411 W. Washington St., Sequim, 360-452-3221; 481 Fifth Ave., Forks, 360-374-9496; and 915 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, 360-385-2552.
- Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics — 909 Georgiana St., Port Angeles, 360-457-4431.
- Olympic Medical Center — 939 Caroline St., Port Angeles, 360-417-7000.
- Forks Community Hospital, 530 Bogachiel Way, 360-374-6271.
- Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Port Angeles Health Center — 426 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles, 800-230-7526.
- Jefferson Healthcare hospital — 834 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, 360-385-2200.
- Jefferson County Public Health Department — 615 Sheridan St., Port Townsend, 360-385-9400.
In addition, check with your local North Olympic Peninsula insurance broker.
Brokers can help people shopping for and enrolling in insurance programs through the Washington Healthplanfinder online insurance exchange and can answer all kinds of health insurance questions.
Many brokers are offering free seminars — look for ads and notifications in the Peninsula Daily News — plus newsletters and info packets on the ACA.
Hospitals across the state are pulling out all the stops to have patients sign up for insurance.
Olympic Medical Center, Jefferson Healthcare and Forks Community Hospital treat every patient that comes to their emergency rooms, regardless of whether the patient can pay.
Uncompensated care amounts to about $10 million annually for both OMC and Jefferson Healthcare.