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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…
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Priscilla’s Story

Priscilla- Seattle Priscilla Strettell came to Washington from India in 2005 with her husband and son to live in the Seattle area. She was excited to reunite with her family and reside in the United States as a legal permanent resident. But there was one thing Priscilla didn’t have: health…
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Natasha’s Story

Natasha- Clinton, WA When Natasha discovered she was pregnant in February 2018 at the age of 46, it was a complete shock to her and her partner. She had spent her entire adult life believing she could not conceive, due to a health condition diagnosed when she was 22. Her…
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Kayla’s Story

Kayla- Lacey, WA Kayla Wahl and her husband had their first child in September 2017. Being able to afford health insurance after the birth of their newborn was a huge concern. Though they both had employer-provided health insurance, adding their daughter would cost an extra $200 per month, a significant…
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Kelci’s Story

Kelci- Bainbridge Island, WA Kelci Mumford is a big advocate for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Not only did Apple Health cover health conditions she long had, like asthma and chronic back pain, it also covered the entire cost of her autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessment. She had been told by…
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Veronica’s Story

Veronica- Seattle, WA Imagine needing surgery, but not being able to get it because your insurance company wouldn’t cover it, and the out-of-pocket cost was more than you could afford. That’s what happened to Veronica Vaduva. Veronica had health insurance, but her copays and premiums were more than she could…
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Washington Healthplanfinder Sign-Ups Surge Past 222,000 In Strong Final Weekend

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that a total of 222,636 customers selected a 2019 health plan through Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online health insurance marketplace, by last Saturday’s midnight deadline to enroll. The total number of plan selections is only slightly lower than the 242,000 sign-ups posted during…
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Limited Time Special Enrollment Period for 2019 Coverage

Did you hit a snag trying to enroll in 2019 coverage during open enrollment? The Health Benefit Exchange is offering a special enrollment for individuals who were not able to enroll before the end of Open Enrollment. “You still have the chance to enroll in 2019 coverage” In light of…
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Washington Healthplanfinder Customers Down to Three Days Until Sign-Up Deadline

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is alerting all customers today that less than 72 hours remain before the deadline to sign up in 2019 health and dental coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Customers who have not yet selected a plan have until the close of open enrollment at 11:59…