Thousands of state residents sign up for healthcare

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C.R. Douglas talks with state Insurance Commission about Health ExchangeOLYMPIA – More than 10,000 people have completed applications for healthcare in the first week the Washington Healthplanfinder website has been operational, state officials said.

The marketplace opened on Oct. 1, and allows uninsured Washingtonians to find, compare and enroll in health insurance and gain access to free or low-cost coverage.

In addition to the thousands of applications submitted, the site has seen more than 837,000 total site visits and more than 2.5 million page views in the first week.The state call center has field more than 23,000 calls from people seeking information on the new healthcare exchange.

Health insurance through the marketplace begins on Jan. 1, 2014.  The open enrollment period runs through March 31, 2014.

The Washington Healthplanfinder website is run by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which was established as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

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  • guest

    this whole thing is messed up!! free and low cost health care is provided by gigantic rate increases on those of us who have always had health care!! Can't you people see what Obama is doing to us?

    • Carmen Geyer

      10,000 people that are in need signed up for health care already. I have insurance through my employer and will gladly pay a bit more for those that are in need.

      • Anonymous

        You do realize that through this law it penalizes married couples and not for profit hospitals that would waive fees for those with no health insurance or little income? These “plans” that the low income get to “finally” sign up for have enormous deductibles. So if they are admitted to a hospital for something like appendicitis, they will still be responsible for their deductible but hospitals will no longer be able to excuse these bills or be heavily fined. Also, the way the subsidies are set up, a person in Washington state making minimum wage of $9.19 an hour at 40 hours will not qualify for subsidies. So please, tell me who this is helping? This entire law is a disaster that was hastily glued together and in the words of Nancy Pelosi, “We won’t know what’s in it until we pass it, so let’s pass it.” How she and Dirty Harry are still in office is a huge mystery.

  • JoJo

    Bush's war in Iraq cost a lot money and valuable lives and I see no benefit from that. Oh, the oil companies benefit…can't forget, subsidizing the oil companies – that's important!

    • Anonymous

      You know, he at least had Congressional support (including a majority of Democrats) unlike a certain Idiot in Chief for a potential Syrian conflict (“I don’t believe I need approval in Congress to carry this out”)

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