For Immediate Release: September 8, 2016

Washington Health Benefit Exchange Issues Statement Regarding Board Action on Health and Dental Plan Certifications

OLYMPIA, Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Today, Pam MacEwan, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, issued the following statement:

“At the special Board meeting held today related to certifying plans to participate in Washington Healthplanfinder, the Board approved the certification of 46 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Qualified Dental Plans (QDPs) that will be offered through the state’s health insurance marketplace. An additional special Board meeting is to be scheduled next week that will allow those health plans currently with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) to complete the OIC approval process.

Certification was provided for the following health and dental insurance carriers:

  • Community Health Plan of Washington
  • Coordinated Care Corporation
  • Delta Dental
  • Dental Health Services
  • Dentegra
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest
  • Lifewise Health Plan of Washington
  • Molina Healthcare of Washington
  • Premera Blue Cross

This Board action was taken in order to provide as many health coverage options to consumers as possible and offer increased opportunity for Washingtonians to find 2017 health insurance coverage that meets their needs and budget.

The Board also approved the implementation of a quality rating system to debut in 2017. These measures are designed to inform consumers while also improving health outcomes, promote wellness and reduce health care disparities.

The intent of the Exchange and the Board is to ensure that all health plans that meet the requirements have the ability to participate in Washington Healthplanfinder for open enrollment.

 In 2016, the Exchange saw 1.7 million Washingtonians access their health coverage using Washington Healthplanfinder during the most recent open enrollment period, including the more than 169,000 residents who enrolled in Qualified Health Plans. Washington Healthplanfinder customers who qualified combined to receive more than $28 million in tax credits, reducing premium costs for eligible residents by an average of $165 per month.

We look forward to finalizing the 2017 certification process shortly and will be prepared to offer these coverage options to individuals, families and small businesses in Washington State starting Nov. 1, 2016.”

A complete map of pricing and coverage options for the upcoming open enrollment period will be available once the certification process for all approved plans has concluded. Access additional information on plans certified during today’s Board meeting, including a breakdown of the number of issuers available by county.

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

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.