Do You Qualify to Apply Outside of Open Enrollment?
In general, you can only change or apply for health care coverage during the yearly open enrollment period. But is you have a certain type of event in your life, you can change or apply for coverage. This is called a special enrollment period and this period generally lasts 60 days from the date of your qualifying life event. These are the current qualifying events and are subject to change, as determined by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC). Kaiser Permanente will review the qualifying event documentation, no matter if you enroll direct from Kaiser Permanente or through the Washington Healthplanfinder.
- Review the Special Enrollment Guide (PDF) for additional information, and see the list of qualifying life events below to determine if you and your dependents, if applicable, are eligible to enroll outside of open enrollment.
- Complete an application for health care coverage either online or by paper (PDF). Also, complete the Special Enrollment Proof of Triggering Event form (PDF) (if not already completed), and return this form with the required documentation.
- See the Submission of Supporting Documentation section below on how to submit the required form and document(s).
- Individuals already enrolled on an Individual and Family Plan cannot change metal levels in conjunction with one of the qualifying life events below.
Qualifying Life Events
|Qualifying Event||Document(s) Required|
|Loss of health care coverage
Keep in mind, this event does NOT qualify as a qualifying life event if:
|Letter from your employer
Letter from your insurance or Medicaid or other government programs
In this instance, you move from a non-Kaiser Permanente service area to a Kaiser Permanente service area, or you move from a foreign country or a United States territory.
Proof of minimum essential coverage for all applicants from your old insurer for at least 1 full day in the last 60 days (applicants moving within the United States only).
And provide any of these — 1 with your old residential address and 1 with your new residential address (no P.O. boxes):
|Losing a dependent through divorce, dissolution of domestic partnership, or legal separation||Divorce decree, dissolution agreement, or separation agreement with court filing date stamp.|
|Gaining or becoming a dependent through marriage or domestic partnership||Provide this:
Proof of minimum essential coverage for 1 spouse in the last 60 days from your old insurer (applicants moving within the United States only).
And provide 1 of these:
|Gaining or becoming a dependent through the birth of a child, adoption, or placement for adoption||Birth of a child
|Child support order or other court order to cover child||Signed court order with court filing date stamp.|
|Change in eligibility for employer health coverage||
Submission of Supporting Documentation
During your special enrollment period, you can either apply directly through Kaiser Permanente (by paper application (PDF) or online), or through Washington Healthplanfinder, our state's health insurance marketplace. (If you qualify for and want financial help from the federal government, you must apply through the Washington Healthplanfinder.)
Documentation supporting the qualifying event should be included with your application, along with the Special Enrollment Triggering Event Form (PDF). You have 30 calendar days from the date of the special enrollment period notification letter to send your proof.
If you applied directly with Kaiser Permanente Washington online, you can log back into your account and upload documentation.
Note: We CANNOT access any documents that are uploaded to the Washington Healthplanfinder — you will need to mail or fax them to us.
Fax: 206-877-0655, Attn: KPIF
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Individual & Family Sales
P.O. Box 35002
Seattle, WA 98142
Note: These qualifying events or status will continue to be verified by the Exchange:
- You can show the Health Benefit Exchange that your health insurer violated an important provision of its contract with you, such as failing to pay claims for covered health care treatments.
- You lose coverage due to errors made by the Health Benefit Exchange.
- You or your dependents have a change in citizenship status.
- You or your dependents have a change in national or lawful presence.
- You or your dependents have a change in income or household status that affects your eligibility for tax credits or cost-sharing reductions.
- You or your dependents have a change in their incarceration status.
- If you're a Native American, you're allowed to change plans within the Exchange once a month.
- If you qualify for Medicaid, Washington's Apple Health (Medicaid) enrollment is year-round.
- Filed or reconciled taxes for a year that you received health insurance premium tax credits.
- Victims of domestic abuse/violence or spousal abandonment and their dependents.
- System errors that kept individual from enrolling during SEP or Open Enrollment.