OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced a limited special enrollment period – effective Aug. 27 – for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in health
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today released a comprehensive data report
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder, the new online marketplace that connects Washingtonians to new health insurance plans and financial help, has continued to see great interest from individuals, families and small businesses statewide. Following planned maintenance, residents have reported better experiences shopping and enrolling in health coverage today at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
“Reports coming in from across the State indicate that Washington Healthplanfinder is running much more smoothly today,” said Richard Onizuka, Chief Executive Officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Some individuals are still experiencing issues, so we’ve planned additional maintenance tonight to continue to refine our system to better meet the needs of our customers.”
Paper applications are still available for those who are unable to access the site through community organizations or insurance brokers. For children, pregnant women, and family medical applicants who have an urgent need for health or prenatal care but who cannot use Washington Healthplanfinder, a downloadable, a paper application is available on the Health Care Authority website. The form contains a mailing address.
The new marketplace has seen a steady stream of online visitors since launch as well as thousands of calls to the toll-free Customer Support Center at 1-855-WAFINDER. An updated data report will be released Friday, Oct. 4.
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
SEATTLE (AP) - Officials launching Washington state's new health insurance exchange have said they aren't concerned that computer glitches, bad weather or even debates in Washington, D.C., over a possible government shutdown will stop people from signing up for health insurance when the marketplace debuts on Tuesday.
"We're not really worried about that," said Michael Marchand, spokesman for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the Washington state programs involved in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
They're also not worried about being overwhelmed by consumer phone calls or Internet traffic or even political protests when the exchange opens, he said.
"This is a long-awaited step forward for our country and our state," Gov. Jay Inslee said during a news conference in Olympia. "Despite the shenanigans happening in Washington, D.C., today, we're ready to go in the state of Washington tomorrow."
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.
"This isn't a one-day event. This is a landmark in history," said Keiser, D-Kent.
Washington Healthplanfinder: http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org
On the telephone:
1-855-923-4633 on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
According to Washington Health Plan Finder, more people than ever before will qualify for financial help to pay for coverage. The new expansion will also give customers the opportunity to receive tax benefits and subsidies which will be different depending on each plan. More information is available at www.wahealthplanfinder.org/calculator/index.html. “Unfortunately too many people in our area are living without health insurance, which puts their health and their finances at serious risk,” said CEO Tom Jensen.
Depending on the individual or family’s income, they may be able to qualify for a free or low-cost health plan, or have their premiums drastically reduced by way of tax credit.