Jefferson Healthcare Congratulates Newly Converted Marriages and Announces Special Health Coverage Enrollment Period
Jefferson Healthcare wants to congratulate couples who have had their same-sex domestic partnerships converted to marriages on June 30. We also want to encourage them to enroll in a health plan during a special enrollment period.
Washington’s health insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder is offering a special enrollment period for Washington residents whose same-sex domestic partnerships were recently converted to marriages. The 60-day enrollment window provides these couples with a unique opportunity to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan before the next open enrollment period that starts on November 15, 2014 for coverage beginning in 2015.
The conversion is considered a “qualifying life event” that triggers a special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. Residents whose same-sex domestic partnership has been converted to marriage on June 30 should take the following steps by Aug. 28 to apply for a special enrollment:
“It’s important that same-sex couples whose domestic partnerships have been recently converted are aware of this special opportunity to access health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
After completing the form, residents will be required to supply documentation that indicates the individual’s state-registered domestic partnership has been converted, such as a marriage certificate or a printable/downloadable version of a couple’s marriage status from the Secretary of State’s State Registered Domestic Partnership Database. Documents will be reviewed by Exchange staff within two to three weeks.
In addition to converted domestic partnerships, all newlywed couples will be eligible to enroll outside of the standard open enrollment period if they complete an application within 60 days of getting married. Those who qualify for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) may enroll year-round, as well as American Indians/Alaskan Natives who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Tribe or an Alaska Native Corporation.
More information about same-sex domestic partnerships and special enrollment periods can be found here: http://www.wahbexchange.org/files/4314/0414/2250/Registered_Domestic_Partners_FAQs_140630_FINAL.pdf