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

Topic: Washington Health Benefit Exchange

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April 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Insurance enrollment spikes on final day; state softens stance on extensions

Procrastinators gave a giant bump to the number of health plans sold through Washington’s new exchange, with 8,000 people enrolling during the final day of sign ups. By the close of the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period on March 31, more than 146,000 residents bought insurance through the Washington Healthplanfinder. Nationally, the White…

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March 3, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Need insurance help? Prepare to wait.

The number of Washington residents insured through the state’s health insurance exchange keeps rising, but those struggling with their applications still face lengthy waits for help.

The state’s toll-free help line has been swamped since the launch of Washington Healthplanfinder this fall. The center has increased its staff from about 135 customer representatives in October to 525 now.

More than 106,000 residents have bought insurance through Healthplanfinder, the state’s insurance marketplace, according to the latest weekly report released Monday. An additional 322,000 people have used the site to sign up for Medicaid for the first time, including those who are newly eligible thanks to the expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act and those who previously qualified but did not enroll.

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0 Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Michael Marchand, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

February 25, 2014 at 7:32 PM

With deadline in sight, health-insurance signups rise steadily

With little more than a month to go before the March 31 cutoff to sign up for health insurance this year, Washington Healthplanfinder has passed a milestone, with more than 100,000 residents now enrolled in commercial health plans through the state’s online marketplace. Signups for the expanded Medicaid program topped 202,000 newly eligible adults as of Feb. 20,…

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0 Comments | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Richard Onizuka, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

February 19, 2014 at 4:52 PM

State using fake rappers, real patients in new health-insurance ad campaign

If you attend roller derby and ice hockey you may see something new: signs, booths and videos encouraging you — particularly if you’re young — to sign up for health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder, the state exchange marketplace. The coveted “young invincibles” are the target of this new campaign, which is gearing up as the…

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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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0 Comments | Topics: backlog, Michael Marchand, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

December 18, 2013 at 7:03 PM

State exchange officials report surging applications, smoother experience

Officials from five state health exchanges agreed that the challenges have been daunting and that indications over the past couple of weeks are very encouraging, with consumers signing up for insurance at a rapidly rising rate as the deadline approaches for obtaining coverage by Jan. 1. In a media conference call hosted Wednesday morning by Families USA,…

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0 Comments | Topics: Covered California, Richard Onizuka, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

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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0 Comments | Topics: Pam McEwan, Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder

December 3, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Healthplanfinder enrollment tops 175,000 – mostly in Medicaid

More than 175,000 Washington residents have signed up for health insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online insurance marketplace, according to the latest enrollment figures released Tuesday by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. The vast majority of enrollees qualified for the state’s Medicaid program, Apple Health, which is expanding eligibility in 2014 to include adults with…

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November 15, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Mostly older adults signing up for insurance through Washington’s exchange

Many more older adults than younger ones have rushed to sign up for health plans through the state’s online insurance exchange, early enrollment figures show. It is one of the key findings in a report released Friday by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates the exchange, known as Washington Healthplanfinder. The report contains the first…

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November 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Healthplanfinder tops 9,000 enrollees in private plans; 68,000 in Medicaid

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…

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0 Comments | Topics: Medicaid, Washington Health Benefit Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder

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