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October 14, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Road trip: Washington Healthplanfinder set to kick off enrollment tour

Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online insurance marketplace, is getting ready to hit the road.

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder, will launch a “mobile enrollment tour” this week, starting with a kickoff event Wednesday in Spokane.

The tour is part of a broad effort throughout the state to help uninsured people to enroll in coverage through Healthplanfinder and find out if they qualify for financial assistance to reduce the cost of their insurance policy.

At the Spokane event, trained in-person assisters from local community organizations will be on hand to answer people’s questions and help them enroll in a health plan.

Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to hold a press conference in the afternoon, along with exchange CEO Richard Onizuka and Deanna Davis, executive director of Better Health Together, which is the lead in-person assister organization in eastern Washington.

Better Health Together is a nonprofit subsidiary of the Spokane-based Empire Health Foundation, which received an $858,000 federal grant to help residents of Eastern Washington enroll in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Better Health Together is leading more than a dozen other community organizations in Eastern Washington in the effort.

From Spokane, the tour will move on to multiple sites around the state, using for transportation “a specially outfitted trailer, complete with laptops connected to Washington Healthplanfinder,” according to a news release from the exchange.

At each stop, in-person assisters from local community organizations will help people understand the coverage available through Healthplanfinder.

The full itinerary for the tour will be released at the press conference on Wednesday, according to an exchange spokesperson.

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