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The Seattle Times health-care team tracks the local impact of the Affordable Care Act.

September 4, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Healthplanfinder drops some for non-payment, adds others

According to figures released today by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, 24,072 people have been dropped from coverage through the Healthplanfinder insurance exchange since those plans took effect in January 2014. Of that number, 8,310 were disenrolled because of non-payment of premiums, 7,735 voluntarily ended their coverage, and 8,027 were determined to no longer be eligible for a qualified health plan. Most of those determined to be no longer eligible were qualified instead for Medicaid.

The exchange also said 11,497 individuals have gained coverage through the exchange since the open enrollment period ended on March 31. These additions largely involved provisions allowing enrollment after a qualifying life event, such as a moving to a new state or changes in family size.

In all, according to Washington Healthplanfinder, 147,888 individuals are receiving coverage through qualified health plans. Another 1,135,782 have been enrolled or recertified for Medicaid, bringing the state’s total Medicaid enrollment to 1.6 million.

“We are experiencing the normal fluctuations of any health insurance risk market,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “As people’s incomes change, we will see current customers transitioning on a monthly basis due to changes in their eligibility.”

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