The Washington Insurance Commissioner’s office wants people to know that new enrollments into the state’s temporary health plan will close after March 2.
The plan ensures coverage for pregnant women and those who suffer from AIDS, cancer, diabetes and other pre-existing conditions.
Officials are advising recently diagnosed patients who want to take part in the plan to apply before the deadline or face paying costly premiums elsewhere.
Stephanie Marquis with the State Insurance Commissioner’s office says the enrollment suspension will allow for the costs for more than 1,000 Washingtonians already enrolled in the plan to be covered until the Affordable Care Act kicks-in in 2014.
People who have been members of similar plans in other states within the last six months and have recently moved to Washington can enroll after the deadline.