The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced today that more than 242,000 customers signed up for Qualified Health Plans (QHP) through Washington Healthplanfinder by the close of open enrollment on Jan. 15 – an eight percent increase over the previous year.
“I am pleased that, despite federal efforts to sabotage healthcare, so many Washingtonians have signed up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Washington Healthplanfinder is working well in our state and connecting individuals and families with the coverage and care they need.”
In addition to the unprecedented number of QHP selections, more than 66,000 residents signed up for dental coverage in its second year as a product offered through Washington Healthplanfinder. The number of Qualified Dental Plan (QDP) selections reflected a 12 percent increase over 2017.
“It is clear that having health insurance is important to the people of our state,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Despite any uncertainty or confusion surrounding the marketplace, more Washingtonians than ever now understand the value and peace of mind that comes with having health and dental coverage for both themselves and their families.”
|OE5 (Nov. 1, 2017-Jan. 15, 2018)||OE4 (Nov. 1, 2016-Jan. 31, 2017)|
|Total Health Plan Selections||242,850||225,595|
|New Health Plan Selections||78,834||78,904|
|Renewing Health Plan Selections||164,016||146,691|
|Total Dental Plan Selections||66,895||59,479|
The 12-week open enrollment period, shortened from 14 weeks last year, also saw higher website engagement with more than 1.2 million unique visitors to wahealthplanfinder.org. Website traffic numbers represent an increase of more than 16,000 when compared to open enrollment for 2017 coverage.
All customers who are now signed up in QHPs and QDPs for 2018 coverage are asked to activate their coverage by paying their first month’s premium. Insurance companies typically send a bill for premium payment within the first seven days of finalizing a plan selection. That bill must be paid for coverage to begin.
Customers who were enrolled in a QHP during 2017 should now be on the lookout for their 1095-A form that will be sent out beginning the week of Jan. 22. Those forms are used to reconcile any tax credits that were received to lower premium costs in the previous year. Customers may expect to receive their 1095-A form in the mail or sent electronically. Digital copies can also be accessed in customers’ message centers available by signing into wahealthplanfinder.org or using the WAPlanfinder mobile app.
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.
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. Coverage is free and 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.