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Website sees improvements, residents completing Healthplanfinder Applications


“Moving forward, individuals can receive system updates through our new Healthplanfinder Status Page at our organization’s website at wahbexchange.org,” said Onizuka. “This will be the best resource to receive the latest information on the system and any planned maintenance should you have any questions.”


Note: Scheduled Washington Healthplanfinder maintenance will be completed tonight from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. The online marketplace will be unavailable during this time as additional improvements are made to the system.


More information for consumers on the status of our system is now available on the Exchange site at www.wahbexchange.org/news-resources/healthplanfinder-status-updates/.


Please stay tuned for weekly data updates, which will be available moving forward at www.wahbexchange.org.


For more information about Washington Healthplanfinder, visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org


About the Washington Health Benefit Exchange

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is a public-private partnership established in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) with the goal to redefine people’s experience with health care through the creation of a new health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses. The Exchange is separate from the state and governed by an independent 11-member board appointed by former Gov. Chris Gregoire in Dec. 2011.


About Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder will be a new online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing and public programs such as Medicaid. Washington Healthplanfinder will begin enrolling consumers on Oct. 1, 2013, for health insurance coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. 

Washington state health exchange ready to launch

Washington residents have six months to buy health insurance through the new exchange during the first enrollment period, which ends in March.

They can sign up online at the Washington Healthplanfinder, on the telephone or in person at community centers, fire stations, libraries, churches and during special events.

The state hopes to enroll 130,000 people for health insurance in 2014 and another 280,000 in 2015, said Richard Onizuka, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.

The state estimates about a million Washington state residents do not have health insurance, or about one in seven people. About 325,000 will be eligible to sign up for free insurance through Medicaid.

Others will get a discount on their insurance through a credit on their federal taxes. To find out if they qualify for a tax credit or may be eligible for Medicaid or another program for free insurance for kids, people will need to fill out forms online or access the exchange by telephone or in person.

The exchange will ask for some personal information, such as Social Security numbers, ages and income, but people who just want to check it out and not sign up yet can do so anonymously. The length of the sign-up process depends on how many people live in a household and how much comparison shopping is done.

Under the Affordable Care Act, people who don’t have insurance in 2014 will pay a fine when they file their federal income taxes in early 2015. The fines for people who ignore the new law are scheduled to increase over time.

“We want 6.5 million people to go to healthplanfinder to check it out,” Marchand said.

He said testing and training has been done to handle a lot of visitors with different needs, and the website has been stress tested to handle large numbers of visitors.

“We understand anything could be possible and we’ve taken the steps to make sure we’re ready for that,” Marchand said.

AP Correspondent Rachel La Corte contributed to this story from Olympia.


Washington Healthplanfinder: http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org

On the telephone:

1-855-923-4633 on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Call center will answer questions on Washington health care exchange

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A new call center opened this morning to answer your questions about Washington state’s new health care exchange, which goes into effect next month. The number is 1-855-923-4633
The Spokane-based toll-free customer support line will have a live person to talk to about plan choices, costs and what kind of subsidies they might be eligible for.

The call center, which will be staffed by 80 people, will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The plans that will be part of the exchange are expected to be voted on by the board of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange this week.