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Washington Healthplanfinder Enrollment Spikes By Dec. 23 Deadline

50,000 Individuals Enroll in Health Coverage from Dec. 20 to Dec. 23

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Dec. 24, 2:30 pm PST

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today announced that 213,759 Washingtonians have newly enrolled in private health coverage or Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) since Oct. 1.  Enrollments spiked from Friday, Dec. 20 through Monday, Dec. 23, including 20,000 new enrollees in Qualified Health Plans.

More than 50,000 individuals visited wahealthplanfinder.org on Dec. 23 and 10,000 enrolled in private health plans. Call center volumes, while increasing slightly since mid-December, did not see dramatic increases in volumes on Monday.

Updated enrollment numbers from Oct. 1 to Dec. 23 are included below. As clarification to earlier reports, the number of enrollees who have re-determined their coverage through Medicaid has been further broken out below.

Web and Call Center Data

Unique Visitors

1,007,907

Accounts Created

283,647

Call Center Volume (Dec. 1 –   Dec. 23)

               83,207

Average Call Center Wait Time   (Dec. 1 – Dec. 23)

14 min

 

Enrollments Completed

Qualified Health Plans

              65,472

Medicaid Newly Eligible/Coverage   Jan. 1

100,795*

Medicaid/Immediate Coverage

47,492*

Medicaid Re-determinations   (Previously Covered)

88,271*

Total

          302,030

 

In-Process Applications

Qualified Health Plan Applicants   – Need to Pay

            69,606

In-Process Applicants

179,205

Total

248,811

*Note: These numbers reflect enrollments and applications through Monday, Dec. 23. Previous Medicaid coverage/No previous Medicaid coverage split for Dec. 20-23 was estimated based on experience. Newly eligible total excludes 47,111 individuals who are transferring from Basic Health and presumptive SSI, programs that terminate on January 1. For more information, please contact the Health Care Authority.

Application Status Legend

  • Qualified Health Plans: Includes individuals who have selected and submitted payment for a qualified health plan (private health plan). Payments are processed in the month of December.
  • Medicaid Newly Eligible/Coverage Jan. 1: Includes newly eligible individuals who have qualified and enrolled in a Medicaid plan under Medicaid expansion.
  • Medicaid/Immediate Coverage: Includes individuals who were previously eligible under existing Medicaid requirements as well as Washington Apple Health re-enrollments. Their coverage may begin immediately.
  • Medicaid Redeterminations: Includes individuals whose eligibility is being converted, re-determined or renewed as opposed to newly determined
  • QHP (Need to Pay): Includes individuals who have completed an application for a Qualified Health Plan that is awaiting payment due by Dec. 23, 2013 for coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2014.
  • In Process: Includes individuals who have started applications or completed applications that need to be finalized.

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 AskMedicaid@hca.wa.gov

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

CONTACTS
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.

About Health Care Authority

The Health Care Authority includes the two largest state health care purchasing programs – Apple Health (Medicaid) and Public Employees Benefits system, which handles state employee benefits. Under Medicaid expansion, income eligibility guidelines will increase to 138% of the federal poverty level effective Jan. 1, 2014, increasing state Medicaid rolls by an estimated 328,000 individuals.

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