For Immediate Release: June 3, 2019

Washington Health Benefit Exchange Issues Statement on Proposed 2020 Health Insurance Plan Filings

OLYMPIA, Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. –  Today, Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, issued the following statement regarding the proposed 2020 health insurance rates for Washington state announced by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner:

“The Exchange is pleased to see the record low average increase and additional number of 2020 individual health plans reflected in the rates submitted to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Today’s rate filings are a positive sign that the individual market is stabilizing and families and individuals will be able to find more affordable coverage in the individual health insurance market. This is good news for the over 80 percent of the individual market using Washington Healthplanfinder today to buy health insurance where 65 percent of those customers buying health coverage are receiving financial help.

“We are also glad that the filings include the addition of new health insurance and dental insurance carriers, providing coverage options for every county and reducing the number of counties who had only one available carrier from 14 in 2019 to a proposed eight in 2020. The addition of these health plans, and addition of bronze plan options in each county, bring more options to Washingtonians who previously had very limited choice of health plans and found themselves with coverage options that may not have met their needs or budget.

“Today’s news comes as the Exchange continues its ongoing efforts to provide Washingtonians with health insurance plans that are both affordable and of value to the people who use them. This will include the introduction of Cascade Care health plans in 2021 that will include the first public option health insurance plan in the country and standardize coverage benefits offered.

“We look forward to building off of today’s positive rate filing news and continuing work with our health care stakeholders to create an individual health insurance marketplace that will best serve the people of Washington in the coming 2020 plan year and into the future.”

Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice of 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.

About Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals and families 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 current open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder began on Nov. 1 ends on Dec. 15.

About Washington Apple Health

In Washington, Medicaid is called Washington Apple Health. Free or low-cost coverage is available year-round for those who qualify. Since the Affordable Care Act launched in October 2013, more people have access to preventive care, like cancer screenings, treatment for diabetes and high blood pressure, and many other health care services they need to stay healthy. Apple Health clients enroll and renew online using Washington Healthplanfinder. Apple Health is administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority: www.hca.wa.gov

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