Health Insurance Counseling

Don’t get caught without coverage.

Illness or injury can strike at any time – don’t get caught without health insurance. Health insurance helps to protect you from having very high expenses from an unexpected accident or illness, and keeps you and your family healthy by covering preventative and wellness services. Find out what is available to you and how to sign up for affordable insurance plans through Island Hospital’s free health-insurance counseling programs.


Affordable Care Act

Island Hospital’s In-Person Assisters help patients navigate the health-insurance exchange and can assist you with finding plans that fit your needs and budget. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that all people 18 and older (who pay taxes) must have insurance. You can sign up for coverage annually, starting November 1. If you qualify for Apple Health (Medicaid) coverage you can sign up at any time.

How to enroll

  • In person: In-Person Assistors (also called Navigators) are available at Island Hospital. To schedule an appointment, call (360) 299-4924.
  • Online: www.wahealthplanfinder.org
  • Phone: (855) 923-4633

Medicare

If you are 65 or older, or on Medicare disability, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) can provide insight and education on Medicare, supplemental health insurance, Medicare Extra Help programs, COBRA, PEBB and more! This a free, unbiased service that can significantly reduce your Medicare coverage costs. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sit down with a trained SHIBA volunteer.

Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 - December 7. During this period, Medicare plan enrollees can make changes to Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) or Medicare Advantage Plans (Part C) for the following year.

IMPORTANT NOTICE to our primary care patients with Kaiser Permanente Individual Medicare Advantage plans.

Please call (360) 299-4212 or email our Health Resource Coordinator at resourcecenter@islandhospital.org for an appointment.

Sign up for a free Medicare 101 or Medicare Open Enrollment class today!

SHIBA is provided under the supervision of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and sponsored locally by Island Hospital.

Our Promise

Your best healthcare experience begins at Island Hospital.
We always place your emotional and medical needs first and foremost.