Open enrollment ended on March 31st, 2014. It will open again on October 1st, 2014. It takes approximately 6 weeks for the insurance to be processed before the account becomes active. You can enroll online (www.wahealthplanfinder.org) or go into a local public health department for personal help. The one exception is individuals who make less than $15,000 a year. These individuals can enroll anytime of the year.
The penalty for not having health insurance in 2014 is $95 per person up to $285 for a family (or 1% of a family income – whichever is greater). However, by 2016, the penalty will increase so that for a family it will cost $2,085 (or 2.5% of family income – whichever is greater).