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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Nov. 19, 4:30 pm PST

Washington Healthplanfinder Health Coverage Enrollment Grows to Nearly 100,000 Residents

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today announced more than 98,000 residents have enrolled in health coverage since Oct. 1.  Updated enrollment numbers from Oct. 1 to Nov. 14 are included below. 

Please note that due to ongoing confusion around the difference between “Enrollments Completed” and “Applications Completed,” we will now instead include separate totals for Enrollments Completed and “In-Process Applications.” Definitions for the status of all applications are now included below.            

Web and Call Center Data

Unique Visitors

685,120

Total Site Visits

3,925,737

Page Views

17,426,903

Unique Page Views

12,189,151

Accounts Created

157,398

Call Center Volume (November to-date)

36,830

Average Call Center Wait Times (November to-date)

22 min

                         

Enrollments Completed

Qualified Health Plans

          11,742

Medicaid Newly Eligible/Coverage Jan. 1

 46,827

Medicaid/Immediate coverage

 39,830

Total

98,399

 

In-Process Applications

Qualified Health Plan Applicants – Need to Pay

32,176

In-Process Applicants

127,375

Total

159,551

*Note: These numbers reflect enrollments and applications through Thursday, Nov 14.

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.
  • 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.

*The Medicaid enrollment figures include some individuals whose eligibility is being re-determined or renewed as opposed to newly determined. This occurs when individuals and families come to Washington Healthplanfinder to make an application for coverage and are either themselves already enrolled in Medicaid, or perhaps have family members in the program. In these cases, their eligibility is processed under the new modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) standard and they are reflected as new enrollments in the totals above.

For users who are unable to complete an application online at wahealthplanfinder.org, please visit the Washington Healthplanfinder “Quick Tips” page on the Washington Healthplanfinder Status Center.  If children, pregnant women and family Medicaid applicants are unable to complete an application online, they can access a paper application through the Health Care Authority website.

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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