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

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December 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Insurance exchange eliminates backlog of paper applications

After weeks of intense effort, the state’s health-insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, has caught up on the entire backlog of paper applications that residents have submitted for health-care coverage in 2014. Healthplanfinder has received more than 20,000 paper applications to date. By Wednesday, all of those applications had been processed, said Michael Marchand, communications director for the Washington…

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December 16, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Healthplanfinder glitches prevent Medicaid enrollees from renewing coverage

Washington residents hoping to sign up for new health-insurance coverage on Healthplanfinder are not the only people who have been affected by technical glitches on the website and the overloaded customer support center. People who are currently enrolled in Medicaid are also running into problems on Healthplanfinder when they try to renew their eligibility, which they…

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December 14, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Health exchange trying to reach thousands affected by tax-credit mistakes

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has spent the past month trying to reach thousands of people who were affected by a miscalculation of their tax credits when they applied back in October for health coverage through the state’s online insurance marketplace, Healthplanfinder. Exchange officials say they have sent correspondence to about 9,000 people who…

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December 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Insurance commissioner offers advice for getting health coverage by Jan. 1

Deadlines are fast approaching for thousands of Washington residents who still need to sign up for health insurance if they want coverage to start Jan. 1, 2014. For those consumers, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is offering several suggestions. First, make sure you know the deadlines for health-insurance policies available both inside and outside Healthplanfinder, the state’s…

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December 12, 2013 at 5:08 PM

About 179,000 enrolled on Healthplanfinder through November

About 179,000 Washington residents enrolled in health-insurance coverage through Healthplanfinder, the state’s online insurance marketplace, during the first two months of open enrollment. The vast majority, nearly 160,000, enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program, Apple Health, according to a report released Thursday by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder. About 20,000 enrolled in Qualified Health…

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December 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Health-exchange board to hear from public Thursday afternoon in SeaTac

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder, the state’s online insurance marketplace, will hold its monthly board meeting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel in SeaTac. Agenda items include a report from Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka on the progress and performance of Healthplanfinder since the board held its last…

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December 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

State health-insurance exchange down again

Problems continued to plague Washington’s health-insurance exchange website on Monday, following four days last week when consumers could not use the site because it had been taken down for repairs. The Washington Healthplanfinder site went back online  over the weekend, but it was taken down again this morning. The problem last week was that users were running into intermittent…

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December 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM

State health-insurance website down again

Problems continued to plague Washington’s health-insurance exchange website on Monday, following four days last week when consumers could not use the site because it had been taken down for repairs. The Washington Healthplanfinder site went back online  over the weekend, but it was taken down again this morning. The problem last week was that users were running into intermittent…

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December 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Update: Healthplanfinder website down a 2nd day for maintenance fixes

UPDATE: The Washington Healthplanfinder website was down for a second day Wednesday. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates Healthplanfinder, posted a status update around noon stating that the site will be back online at 4 p.m. The exchange had announced Tuesday evening that the website would be back up by noon Wednesday, but it missed that target. The website has been down…

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December 4, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Kreidler testifies in D.C., promises vigilance on health exchange

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler told lawmakers Wednesday he is concerned about the narrow provider networks of some health plans on the state’s online insurance exchange but said his office will do everything it can to make sure insurance carriers provide consumers appropriate access to the benefits promised in their policies. Testifying before the U.S. House…

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