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Washington Health Benefit Exchange Names Jim Crawford Chief Financial Officer

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, operator of Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, today announced Jim Crawford as its Chief Financial Officer. Crawford assumes the role previously held by Carole Holland, who this month announced her retirement after more than 26 years working in public service, the past…
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MacEwan testifies in Washington DC on June 12, 2019 on the Affordable Care Act

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Chief Executive Officer Pam MacEwan will testify before the United States House Ways and Means Committee on June 12, 2019 at 10 a.m. EST. The hearing is entitled “Pathways to Universal Health Coverage” and will take place in the main committee hearing room of 1100 Longworth House…
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Washington Healthplanfinder Releases Spring Health Coverage Enrollment Report

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today released its Spring Health Coverage Enrollment Report detailing the more than 1.6 million customers – one in four Washingtonians – who used Washington Healthplanfinder to access their 2019 health insurance coverage. Nearly 200,000 customers used the state’s online marketplace to…
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Washington Health Benefit Exchange Approves Carrier Assessment for 2020 Plan Year

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced it will maintain its carrier assessment rate of $3.36 per member per month on all health plans offered through Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage in 2020. The Exchange also approved a 47% lower assessment for dental plans offered through the state’s online marketplace, lowering…
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Washington, California and Massachusetts Release Joint Press Release

 The report examines the impact that federal and state actions have had on state-based marketplaces and the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM). Cumulative premium increases in California, Massachusetts and Washington are less than half of the increases seen in FFM states, but 2019 premium increases spiked in California and Washington compared to Massachusetts, which continued its state-based A new report highlights the benefits of state-based exchanges, particularly in the areas of controlling premium costs and attracting new enrollment. The report, which was produced by Covered California, the Massachusetts Health Connector and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, found that premiums in these states were less than half of what consumers saw in the 39 states that relied on the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) between 2014 and 2019. “The lesson is striking: Consumers are the big winners when marketplaces use all the tools of the Affordable Care Act,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “The policies underway in these three states are easily transferable, and if applied to the federal marketplace, taxpayers would save billions of dollars in subsidies, and middle-class Americans would benefit from much lower premiums.” The joint report examined how state and federal actions affected premiums and new enrollment. Read the joint press release online or continue reading.
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Washington Healthplanfinder Enrollment Crosses the 200,000 Threshold

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that more than 200,000 people purchased their 2019 health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, during the most recent open enrollment period held Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 of last year. Even with the four percent decrease in…