Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board Issues Final Certifications for Health and Dental Plans Offered in 2017
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board today released their final certifications for Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Qualified Dental Plans (QDPs) to be offered through Washington Healthplanfinder during the upcoming open enrollment period scheduled for Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2017.
Following approval by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC), the Exchange Board has certified 98 QHPs and 12 QDPs to be available for coverage in 2017. The Board certified insurance carriers Regence BlueShield and BridgeSpan to offer a combined 52 QHPs through Washington Healthplanfinder during a special Board meeting held today. Those certifications are in addition to the 46 QHPs that were certified by the Board last week.
“We’re pleased to have finalized 2017 coverage options that will be available to customers for January 1, 2017 coverage,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “The choice of options continue to demonstrate the viability of our state health insurance marketplace and provide Washingtonians with the only place they may compare plan rates, view changes, and receive financial help so that they can decide what is best for them.”
Price changes for the newly certified health plans include an average premium increase of less than four percent for silver-level plans, which represent nearly half of the QHPs offered in 2017. During 2016 open enrollment, more than 56 percent of all QHP customers enrolled in a silver-level plan.
Certifications were also issued for five family dental plans – the first to be offered through Washington Healthplanfinder. Beginning Nov. 1, adults, adults and children, or children only will have the option of signing up for plans offered by Dentegra, Dental Health Services, and Delta Dental that provide access to affordable dental care.
“Dental care is an integral part of maintaining good health and we are excited to add family options to Washington Healthplanfinder this year,” said MacEwan. “While securing health coverage, customers are encouraged to review these new family dental plans and add this important benefit to their package of coverage once open enrollment begins on Nov. 1.”
The following insurance carriers were approved to sell health and dental plans through Washington Healthplanfinder:
- Community Health Plan of Washington
- Coordinated Care Corporation
- Dental Health Services
- Delta Dental
- Group Health Cooperative
- Kaiser Permanente
- Lifewise Health Plan of Washington
- Molina Healthcare of Washington
- Premera Blue Cross
- Regence BlueShield
Additional information about these carriers and plans, including maps of coverage areas and market breakdowns, can be found here. The list of plans offered this year, along with those offered in previous years, is available here. Starting Nov. 1, customers can shop and compare these plans at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
More than 2.4 million Washingtonians have enrolled in coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder since the online marketplace debuted on Oct. 1, 2013, including 350,000 residents who have enrolled in QHPs. Eligible residents who have enrolled in QHPs have combined to collect nearly $950 million in tax credits that have lowered the cost of coverage.
Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Small business owners also have the option of enrolling year-round through Washington Healthplanfinder Business. Plans for small businesses will be offered in Clark and Cowlitz counties only in 2017.
About Washington Healthplanfinder
Washington Healthplanfinder is an 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. The next open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder is Nov. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017.
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) to implement 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. For more information, visit www.wahbexchange.org.