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November 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM
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.
October 10, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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 as those already enrolled.
The benefit will cover restorative and preventive services, dentures, root canals, cavity care and routine checkups and cleanings, as well as emergency services such as extraction, pain or infection relief and treatment of trauma-caused damage.
The earlier cuts in service were a “major hardship” for elderly and disabled adults, said Dorothy Teeter, director of the state agency.
The agency began notifiying dentists this month about the restoration of service.
August 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM
Welcome to HealthCare Checkup, a new blog intended to get us all better acquainted with the Affordable Care Act. We’ll keep you updated on health-insurance changes in Washington state and around the country that could affect you.
We’re pretty sure you’ve got questions about the federal health-care overhaul. Here, in just a few words — and a short animated video — is the quick overview you will need to wow your friends.
Basically, one major aim of the ACA is to pull everyone into one big insured pot by 2014. Most people are already there, because they’re insured through their workplace, through federal or state programs such as Medicare or Medicaid, military benefits or tribal health plans. But about 16 percent of the the people in Washington are uninsured, many because they can’t afford the premiums. That’s more than 1 million people in our state, so it’s likely that even if you’re already insured, you know someone who isn’t.
The law, which requires most people to have health insurance or pay a penalty, has two major ways to help people who don’t have insurance: One, Medicaid eligibility is being expanded, and federal dollars pumped in, so many more people at the very lowest income levels will qualify for the first time. Two, putting faith in the power of competition, the law creates an online marketplace (the “exchange”) to make it easier for people to compare insurance plans and, if their incomes are low enough, get a subsidy so they can afford to buy.
Now that you’ve slogged through the words, here’s the fun — such that it is: A quick video version to help cement your new-found knowledge.
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