Last-minute push helps boost state’s healthcare enrollment

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SEATTLE — State officials said a last minute push helped bring Affordable Care Act open enrollment efforts to a satisfactory number.

DOCTORS WITH XRAYSAccording to The Seattle Times, more than 146,000 people in Washington bought health insurance through the exchange marketplace, by the time open enrollment closed at 11:59 p.m. on Monday.

Officials said that while the number was less than what they had originally hoped for, they were still pleased.

In addition, there were more than 268,000 people who signed up for coverage through Medicaid. As The Times reported, that was twice the state’s goal and a number officials did not expect to reach until 2018.

Since Healthplanfinder launched October 1, more than 960,000 people have enrolled for health care coverage in Washington. On Tuesday, the White House sent out a tweet saying that more than 7 million people had enrolled for insurance nationwide.

The number of people signed up for health care coverage was expected to grow as more applications moved through the system, according to The Seattle Times.

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  • Dennis

    6.3 million lost their polices due to the ACA, so the net "gain" was only 700,000. And the over 8 million policies granted under Medicare or Medicaid that Taxpayers cover were not mentioned. Nor the 14 new taxes to support this "affordable" health care. Nor the 17.5million requested for next years budget.

    • Ted

      (sigh) No new tax. People were dropped because they were junk and couldn’t keep in good standing with the law. Instead of adjusting they dropped people.

  • Slam1263

    The Maths:

    960,000 total enrollment.

    268,000 of those went to Medicaid.

    146,000 actually paid something.

    546,000, or 56% said; Hell no.

    Thanks Washington State, for proving just how wrong the National numbers are.