Washington residents covered under COBRA have a special enrollment window to apply for an insurance plan through the state's health insurance exchange. The deadline is today.
The special enrollment period follows a ruling from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that sets up a similar window for COBRA enrollees in states using the federal exchange, a news release said.
Open enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder -- the state exchange's online marketplace -- for coverage taking effect this year ended a few months ago. The next open enrollment period starts in November, although people who experience certain life events -- such as having a baby -- can qualify for special enrollment periods.
For more information on COBRA and special enrollment, go to http://bit.ly/1ppCGKx.
Washington Healthplanfinder is at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.