Washington Healthplanfinder Enrolls 170,000 in Qualified Health Plans; 16,000 Enroll through Spring Special Enrollment Period

Enrollment Continues for Residents with Qualifying Life Events OLYMPIA, Wash.

Washington Healthplanfinder today announced that 170,101 Washingtonians have currently signed up for a Qualified Health Plan or renewed their health coverage through www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Of the total number of Qualified Health Plan enrollees, more than 16,000 enrolled during the spring special enrollment period.

The spring special enrollment period, which ran from Feb. 17 to April 17, was previously available to Washingtonians who recently became aware of the tax penalty for not having health insurance or were unable to complete their applications due to technical issues by the Feb. 15 deadline.

“We’re pleased that more than 16,000 Washingtonians took advantage of this unique opportunity to get enrolled, including 3,000 customers who were previously enrolled in 2014 coverage,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.

Onizuka noted that since opening its virtual doors 18 months ago, nearly two million Washingtonians – almost 30 percent of the state’s population – has used Washington Healthplanfinder to enroll in coverage that meets their needs and budget.

“We fully expect to see increased numbers in both the individual and Washington Healthplanfinder Business marketplace as we continue to improve the system in order to best meet people’s needs,” added Onizuka.

The special enrollment period is still available for Washingtonians who have a qualifying life event such as getting married, having or adopting a baby or involuntarily losing health coverage.

Customers can learn more about special enrollment opportunities and how to get enrolled by visiting http://www.wahbexchange.org/new-customers/who-can-sign-up/special-enrollment-period/.

“There’s still an opportunity to access 2015 coverage if you experience one of these life events or qualify for Washington Apple Health,” said Onizuka. “Otherwise, the next opportunity to sign up is Nov. 1, 2015 for coverage starting on Jan. 1 of next year.”

In addition, 534,000 new adults have accessed coverage through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Enrollment in Washington Apple Health continues year-round.

To view past data reports, please visit the Washington Health Benefit Exchange News Center at http://www.wahbexchange.org/news-center/

Reminders: Enrollment in Washington Healthplanfinder Business and Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) is year-round. Apple Health customers will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.

About Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder is a new 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 begins on Nov. 1, 2015 for health insurance coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2016. The open enrollment period will extend through Jan. 31, 2016.

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.

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