May 22, 2022

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Wednesday last day to sign up for Washington health insurance that begins Jan. 1

To enroll more customers, officials with Washington Healthplanfinder embarked on a statewide “adventure tour.”

The adventure tour includes a team of health care navigators, specialists who help people with all of their health care needs. They meet with people face-face to answer their questions, walk them through their options and enroll them in a plan. For those already enrolled, navigators can help them find additional savings.

The adventure tour made a stop Friday outside the Vancouver Mall.

“Enrolling in health care can be a really overwhelming experience for a lot of folks,” said Mary McHale, associate director of outreach with Washington Healthplanfinder, while standing in front of the adventure tour van.

“Sometimes having somebody to guide you through that process is what makes all the difference,” she said. “That’s why we’re here with navigators. We’ve got insurance workers with us, too. We’re just out here helping folks understand that they have health insurance options, and they’re not alone in figuring that out.”

Multiple people learned about the adventure tour through Facebook and came to ask questions and get enrolled. Others saw the large adventure tour van outside with team members handing out hot cocoa.

Some who walked by decided to enroll on the spot.

Language barriers can deter some people from enrolling in coverage, McHale said. To meet this need, most navigators are multilingual, and a translator line is available that can accommodate over 200 languages.