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Washington Healthplanfinder releases February enrollment report

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today released a comprehensive data report that provides more detailed information regarding Washington State residents who enrolled in health coverage from Oct. 1 to Feb. 28.*

 

The report includes information about enrollees including their age ranges, enrollment by county and even enrollments by health plan “Metal Level” such as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Some of the key takeaways from the report include:

 

  • Qualified Health Plan Enrollment Increases by 18 Percent: Enrollments in Qualified Health Plans (private health plans) saw an increase from 89,243 in the month of January to 105,404 in the month of February.

 

  • 82 Percent of Qualified Health Plan Enrollees Qualify for Financial Help: More than 86,000 Qualified Health Plans enrollees were eligible for financial help in in the form of a tax credit to lower their monthly premiums. More than 60,000 or 57 percent of individuals who enrolled in a private plan were also eligible for cost-sharing reductions to lower their out-of-pocket costs such as co-pays and deductibles, which is available for individuals and families making up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

 

  • Call Center Handles Increasing Number of Calls, Lowers Number of “Call Back” Messages: The toll-free Customer Support Center was able to handle 143,000 calls in the month of February, up from 106,000 calls in the month of January.  The number of callers who received a message asking them to call back at another time due to high call volumes decreased significantly from 623,000 messages in January to 38,000 in February. This can be attributed to additional call center staff and ongoing system improvements to resolve outstanding application issues.

 

  • Young Adult Enrollment Continues to Rise: Young adults ages 18 to 34 increased to 23 percent of total enrollment in Qualified Health Plans in February, up from 22 percent. Total number of enrollees ages 18 to 34 includes 24,500 in private health plans with an additional 127,215 in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid).

 

To view the detailed enrollment report for February, please click here*.

 

Medicaid note: Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) does not have an open enrollment period.  Individuals and families will be able to apply and complete their renewals via www.wahealthplanfinder.org throughout the year. Questions about Healthplanfinder should be directed to the toll-free Customer Support Center at 1-855-WAFINDER; Apple Health questions can be directed to the toll-free hot line at 1-800-562-3022 or emailed to [email protected]

 

For more information about Washington Healthplanfinder and to enroll in health coverage, please visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org.

 

CONTACT
Washington Healthplanfinder, Bethany Frey, (360) 688-7752

Washington Health Care Authority, Jim Stevenson, (360) 725-1915

 

About Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder is 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 began enrolling consumers on Oct. 1, 2013, for health insurance coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. The open enrollment period extends through March 31, 2014.

 

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.

 

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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. 

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Washington health exchange ready to launch – regardless of federal government shutdown

SEATTLE (AP) – Politicians and administrators launching Washington’s new health care exchange on Tuesday say nothing will stop the state from signing people up for health insurance.

They’re not concerned about technical glitches or being overwhelmed by consumer phone calls and web traffic. They are prepared to take comments and complaints from the public. And they say the debate in the other Washington won’t affect Washington Healthplanfinder, even if there is a federal government shutdown.

State Sen. Karen Keiser says the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and nothing that happens in Washington, D.C., this week will change that. She doesn’t expect protests to disrupt the launch. She adds, however, that the first open enrollment period will last six months, so early protests will not stop what she calls this landmark in history.

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP

Associated Press


Starting today, uninsured residents in Grays Harbor County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.


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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.

Online:

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

On the telephone:

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

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