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September 6, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Exchange board certifies Coordinated Care health plans

In a special meeting early Friday morning, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board voted to certify Coordinated Care’s three health plans for sale in the state’s new online health insurance marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder.

The unanimous vote brings the total number of individual health plans to be sold through Healthplanfinder to 46.

The board was working within a tight timeframe to approve Coordinated Care’s plans for the exchange.

The board can certify only health plans that the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has already approved. In the case of Coordinated Care, that approval came Thursday afternoon.

At the same time, the board was facing a federal deadline Friday morning to upload all certified health plan data into a database called the System for Electronic Rate and Form Filing (SERFF).

The board’s vote was completed less than two hours before the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is scheduled to start pulling data from SERFF.

Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka told the board that his staff had been told by HHS officials that the department would start pulling the data at 10 a.m. Pacific time.

Coordinated Care is the eighth insurer that has had health plans approved for Healthplanfinder, which opens for enrollment on Oct. 1.

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