Health insurance sign-up help set

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of the enrollment period for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and four Whidbey Island volunteers are trying to make sure no one misses out.

“It’s just a bunch of civil-minded volunteers that really think everyone deserves to have good health care,” said Linda Wehrman, a former nurse and one of the “civil-minded volunteers.”

Werhman, Lisa Clark of the Opportunity Council, Shelli Trumbull of Leavitt Group Northwest, Naomi Demartini of Johnson Insurance and Jennifer Potter of Seniors Insurance will be providing information and helping people sign up for health care throughout the enrollment period, which ends Dec. 15.

Free walk-in enrollment events will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.,, Nov. 14 at Freeland Library and 1:30 to 5 p.m., Nov. 26 at the library.

Wehrman said even people with insurance through an employer may be able to sign up for another plan. Although there is no longer a coverage mandate, she said it’s important for people who are young and healthy to have insurance.

“It’s so much cheaper if we’re all pitching in and paying our premiums,” she said.

She also said cheaper plans with low coverage can end up being more costly in the end if something happens, such as an injury or serious illness.

Those interested in signing up can bring photo identification, current health insurance plan information and birth dates and social security numbers for those being enrolled. Last year the group enrolled around 20 families and individuals, Wehrman said.

• Online enrollment can be done at www.wahbexchange.org

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