Amy Snow Landa, Seattle Times

In Week Two, Washington State Exchange Enrollment Nearly Triples

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About 25,000 Washington state residents have enrolled in health plans through the state’s online insurance exchange marketplace during its first two weeks. That figure is nearly triple the 9,500 residents who completed their enrollment during the first week that the exchange, called Washington Healthplanfinder, was open for enrollment. An additional 37,000 people have completed applications […]

Seattle Hospital Sues State Over Exclusion From Exchange Plan Networks

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This story was produced in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital filed suit Friday over the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner’s “failure to ensure adequate network coverage” in several of the health plans sold on the state’s new online insurance marketplace, called Washington Healthplanfinder. Most health plans now being sold through the state’s new health-insurance […]

Insurers’ Letters Spur Washington State Consumer Alert

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This story was produced in partnership with The Washington state insurance commissioner issued a consumer alert Thursday advising state residents who buy their own health insurance to know their options when choosing their next health plan. The commissioner’s office issued the alert in response to dozens of phone calls and emails from consumers upset by […]

Attacking Raccoons Used In Washington State Insurance Ads

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This story was produced in partnership with The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has begun airing television commercials as part of a stepped-up campaign to promote the state’s online insurance marketplace, which opens for enrollment Oct. 1. The new TV spots convey the sobering message that going without health insurance is “playing with chance” and could lead […]

Washington State Call Center Logs 900 Calls On 1st Day

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This story was produced in partnership with The phones are already busy at the Washington State Exchange call center where customer service representatives are fielding hundreds of questions about the state’s new health insurance exchange, slated to open for enrollment Oct. 1. The call center, located in Spokane, opened on Tuesday and took 900 calls that day. […]

Washington State Panel OKs 7 Insurers For Exchange

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This story was produced in partnership with In the end, it was a calm affair. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board met in a special session Wednesday afternoon to vote on the certification of health plans for the state’s new online health insurance marketplace in 2014. In less than an hour, the board voted unanimously […]

Washington State Launches Ad Blitz Promoting Health Exchange

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With five weeks left until Washington state launches its online health-insurance exchange, many residents may have heard little about the program designed to offer coverage to the uninsured. That’s begun to change. The state began rolling out the first phase of its ad campaign last week to let the public know about the exchange, a central part of the […]