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 four of which were spent with the Exchange.
During his more than two decades of public service, Crawford has held several senior level fiscal positions in state agencies, the legislature and governor’s office. His background includes a wealth of experience in public finance and the state budgeting process, most recently as Assistant Director of the Budget Division of the Office of Financial Management where he and his team have been strong supporters of the Exchange’s budgetary initiatives.
Crawford has also served as Senior Budget Assistant to the Governor in addition to his agency and legislative staff experience. Additionally, as Assistant Superintendent for Fiscal Operations of the Olympia School District, Crawford was responsible for budgeting, strategic planning, facilities, technology and student data systems.
“Jim’s knowledge and expertise in guiding and managing complex public financial organizations will be of great value to the Exchange,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “In particular, his understanding of administrative budgeting within the state’s accounting and legislative process will help our finance team and organization continue on its sustainable, results-driven path to success.”
Since the Exchange first went live in 2013, the uninsured rate in Washington state has fallen by greater than 60% to sit at its lowest-ever level (5.5%). More than one in four Washingtonians use Washington Healthplanfinder to connect with health insurance coverage, including nearly 200,000 Qualified Health Plan enrollees and 1.4 million Medicaid recipients. Following its first six years of operation, the Exchange now makes up 80% of the state’s individual market.
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 next open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder begins on Nov. 1.
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