Washington state continues to report steady progress enrolling residents in health-care coverage through its Healthplanfinder insurance exchange, according to figures released Wednesday by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
The new data show that more than 77,000 state residents enrolled in coverage through Healthplanfinder between Oct. 1 and Nov. 7 — the first five weeks of open enrollment for coverage in 2014.
That figure includes 9,230 residents who enrolled in “qualified health plans” being sold through the exchange. Another 68,532 used Healthplanfinder to enroll in Medicaid, which has been expanded to cover more low-income adults.
The latest figures for Washington state are higher than those included in a much-anticipated report, released earlier in the day by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that contains the first national enrollment data released by the Obama administration.
The HHS data showed that 7,091 Washington residents had enrolled in private plans and 48,324 in Medicaid through Healthplanfinder from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. Those figures put Washington third among all 50 states in the number of residents who have enrolled in private health plans through the online marketplace. Only California and New York reported higher enrollment figures.
The updated Washington data released by the exchange cover enrollment in October as well as the first week in November and show that an additional 2,000 people signed up for qualified health plans during the last week and 20,000 more enrolled in Medicaid.
The new data also show that a total of 153,447 residents have completed applications for coverage in Medicaid or private plans through Healthplanfinder. That figure includes the 77,762 who have completed enrollment.
People who have completed enrollment in a qualified health plan have not only selected a plan and found out their eligibility for financial assistance, they have also submitted electronic payment information for the first month’s premium, which is not due until Dec. 23.