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

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November 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Washington Healthplanfinder expects to be working by Sunday morning

By Coral Garnick/Seattle Times staff reporter   Update, 2:35 p.m.: Officials say they now expect to be back online by 8 a.m.  Sunday. A statement issued Saturday afternoon adds, “Thank you for your patience as we work to ensure that customers receive correct information from Healthplanfinder.” The Associated Press reports that state officials and software engineers were trying to resolve…

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Comments | Topics: Washington Healthplanfinder

August 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Washington health exchange says computer, payment problems resolving

The Associated Press Officials at Washington’s health exchange say they’re making progress on fixing the computer problems that have kept thousands of people from using their new health insurance. At a meeting of the Health Benefit Exchange Board on Thursday, the agency’s associate operations director reported that nearly 7,700 people have had their payment issues resolved. Bob…

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Comments | Topics: billing problems, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

August 7, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Frustrated health-exchange customers can pay insurers directly

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP The Associated Press A major fix to problems plaguing the state’s answer to health-care reform was announced Thursday, allowing exchange customers to pay insurers directly, as they do in some other states. While direct payments already have been an option, Gov. Jay Inslee, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange made…

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Comments | Topics: Mike Kreidler, Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder

March 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Urban League co-hosts Seattle health-insurance signup Saturday

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is urging people to sign up for health insurance, with an event Saturday at the Miller Community Center. The organization, one of the leading groups in the African-American community, is trying to boost insurance coverage among African Americans in King County, who are more than twice as likely to be…

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Comments | Topics: Urban League, Washington Healthplanfinder

November 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Oregon’s insurance website has enrolled no one

By The Associated Press PORTLAND — The board of Oregon’s health-insurance exchange has put its executive director on notice, demanding to know when the website will work and how Cover Oregon will get people enrolled by the end of the year. Board members held an executive session Thursday to discuss Rocky King’s performance and then passed resolutions…

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Comments | Topics: Cover Oregon, insurance website, Oregon

November 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Ask questions, sign up for health insurance Saturday in Kent

If you’re considering signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, and would rather talk to a human being than deal only with a website, an event Saturday in Kent could be of help. Experts from Public Health – Seattle & King County and other organizations will answer questions about insurance plans and financial…

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Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Kent, Washington Heathplanfinder

October 18, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Ask health-insurance questions, sign up Saturday in Bellevue

If you live on the Eastside and want to learn more about possibly buying health-insurance coverage on the state’s new exchange, Saturday presents a good opportunity. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crossroads Bellevue mall, staff known as “assisters” will be on hand to help you compare coverage plans, determine eligibility for subsidies, or…

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Comments | Topics: Crossroads Mall, insurance exchange, Public Health - Seattle & King County

October 17, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Idaho insurance exchange official quits as his company wins contract — from the exchange

Here’s a story of out of Idaho about a board member of that state’s health-insurance exchange whose company got a no-bid contract from — wait for it — the health-insurance exchange. Nice work if you can get it? Oh, he quit the exchange the same day the exchange awarded his company the contract worth up to…

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Comments | Topics: Frank Chan, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, Idaho

October 11, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Get your insurance questions answered Saturday in Lake Forest Park

Those wanting to talk to a real, live human being about finding insurance on the Washington state exchange can attend an event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Lake Forest Park. For many, this might prove easier than going online. Help will be on hand at Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way, N.E. Public Health…

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Comments | Topics: insurance exchange, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Third Place Commons

October 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Dental care for adults on Medicaid to restart Jan. 1

Dental care for adults on Medicaid, cut during the state’s fiscal crisis, will be restored as of Jan. 1, according to the state’s Health Care Authority. Adults enrolling in Apple Health/Medicaid under the new, higher-income eligibility rules that go into effect Jan. 1 as part of the Affordable Care Act will qualify for care as well…

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Comments | Topics: Apple Health, dental care, Medicaid

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