While the Washington Education Association health trust has won approval from the state, other groups providing health coverage for thousands of small-business employees are finding their plans in limbo or rejected.
About a half-million Washingtonians get health insurance through associations or trusts. But the future of such plans is under review by state regulators, and so far many of the plans have been rejected.
While enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program has surged, the number of residents signing up for private plans is less than expected as the Feb. 15 deadline looms.
High deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs related to health insurance have become a rising concern among consumers and health-care providers.
In one Olympic Peninsula community, a clinic turns away 250 callers a week.
With thousands more people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act in Washington, medical providers have been braced to deal with more patients. So far – in the Seattle area, at least – they appear to be keeping up with the influx. But that doesn’t mean the concern has abated.
One of the most successful initiatives in the Affordable Care Act has been the effort to sign up patients to be covered by Medicaid under an expanded program. Now comes the hard part: facing up to challenges brought on by having so many more people in the program.
Gov. Jay Inslee and some lawmakers are pushing to create a public database listing hundreds of medical procedures, what they cost at clinics and hospitals statewide, and information about the quality of the providers.
So-called “young and invincibles” are not rushing to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, so officials are going to find them at concerts, festivals and social-media sites.
In Washington state, 80 percent of Democrats surveyed approve of the Affordable Care Act while 80 percent of Republicans don’t, according to an Elway Poll conducted on behalf of The Seattle Times.