Healthplanfinder http://kplu.org en Wash. Health Exchange Reports Strong Enrollment Numbers Despite Early Glitches http://kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-reports-strong-enrollment-numbers-despite-early-glitches <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146178747&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>After a rocky start, Washington’s health benefits exchange is taking a victory lap. Officials say the exchange got the late surge in enrollments it was counting on, pushing up its final numbers.</p><p>The first open enrollment period of Obamacare ended in March, and now that the exchange has processed most of the stragglers, it has released new numbers: 164,062 people enrolled in private plans, with another 423,205 enrolling in Medicaid through March 31. Factor in those now required to use the exchange’s website to re-up their Medicaid, and the number exceeds a cool million.</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:45:32 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16237 at http://kplu.org Wash. Health Exchange Reports Strong Enrollment Numbers Despite Early Glitches Who In Washington Deserves An Extension On Monday's Obamacare Deadline? http://kplu.org/post/who-washington-deserves-extension-mondays-obamacare-deadline <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141821201&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s health exchange is wrestling with how to accommodate people who have had trouble signing up for insurance. The March 31 deadline has been looming for months, as officials urge people to get covered or face a fine.</span></p><p>But considering the well-known problems at the state and federal exchanges, officials figured some people will need an extension. The question is who gets it.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15407 at http://kplu.org Who In Washington Deserves An Extension On Monday's Obamacare Deadline? Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance http://kplu.org/post/edgy-washington-state-ads-urge-young-people-buy-insurance-0 <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">They drink. They dance. And they love the Sasquatch Music Festival, an annual phenomenon in Washington state. But will young people sign up for insurance on the state's health exchange?</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:17:52 +0000 Scott Hensley 14482 at http://kplu.org Edgy Washington State Ads Urge Young People To Buy Insurance Glitch Leaves Nearly A Thousand On The Hook For Promised Subsidies http://kplu.org/post/glitch-leaves-nearly-thousand-hook-promised-subsidies <p>The federal subsidies are what’s supposed to make Obamacare work;&nbsp;people who wouldn’t be able to afford a decent health plan get help to&nbsp;offset the cost.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But nearly a thousand people who bought plans on Washington’s exchange have learned they’ll be on the hook for the full premium this month. &nbsp;</span></p><p>About 950 people who were supposed to get retroactive coverage won’t&nbsp;have their promised subsidies discounted from their January bill.&nbsp;They’ll still get the money, but they’ll have to wait until they do&nbsp;their taxes in 2015. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:03:34 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12947 at http://kplu.org Glitch Leaves Nearly A Thousand On The Hook For Promised Subsidies Glitches Put Tens of Thousands In Danger Of Losing Medicaid http://kplu.org/post/glitches-put-tens-thousands-danger-losing-medicaid <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Glitches that kept tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients from re-enrolling this fall continued to trip people up in December, though the state agency that runs Medicaid said the problems are being fixed.</span></p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 23:38:11 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12577 at http://kplu.org Glitches Put Tens of Thousands In Danger Of Losing Medicaid Wash. Health Exchange Looking To Skew Younger http://kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-looking-skew-younger <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A diverse group of people have signed up for private health insurance on Washington's state-run exchange, but officials say they still need more young people on board.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">As of Jan. 2, some 71,205 people had <a href="http://www.wahbexchange.org/news-resources/press-room/press-releases/jan-7-enrollment-report" target="_blank">enrolled in private plans </a>on Washington's health insurance exchange, a good deal less than the goal of 130,000. But Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka said it’s still on the low end of the expected range.</span></p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 12406 at http://kplu.org Wash. Health Exchange Looking To Skew Younger Wash. Health Exchange Offline Despite Deadline http://kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-offline-despite-deadline <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington's online health insurance exchange was offline overnight until nearly 9 a.m. on Monday morning despite a looming deadline for Washington residents to sign up for health insurance — or at least try to start the process.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A spokesman for the Washington Healthplanfinder says the site was down for scheduled maintenance overnight. And then they extended the closure for another few hours to run some applications that had previously been stopped by error messages.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:00:27 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 12009 at http://kplu.org Wash. Health Exchange Offline Despite Deadline Wash. State Extends Deadline For Health Insurance http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-extends-deadline-health-insurance <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington residents who have started but not finished their applications for insurance through the state's new health care exchange are getting a deadline extension.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>State officials announced Wednesday that anyone who begins an application before Dec. 23, will have until Jan. 1 to finish. Exchange spokesman Michael Marchand says they'll get as much help as they need to make that happen.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:34:10 +0000 The Associated Press 11866 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Extends Deadline For Health Insurance Wash. Health Exchange Up and Then Back Down Again http://kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-and-then-back-down-again <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The website for Washington's&nbsp;<font color="red">health</font>&nbsp;insurance&nbsp;<font color="red">exchange</font>is back down again with new technical issues after problems last week took the website down for four days.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Spokeswoman Bethany Frey says problems at the Washington Department of Social and&nbsp;<font color="red">Health</font>&nbsp;Services forced wahealthplanfinder.org to shut down Monday morning. DSHS is having problems with its own system that helps determine whether people are eligible for free or reduced cost insurance.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:00:57 +0000 The Associated Press 11526 at http://kplu.org Wash. Health Exchange Up and Then Back Down Again Kreidler Defends Decision to Decline Health Care Extension http://kplu.org/post/kreidler-defends-decision-decline-health-care-extension <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like a lot of big projects, </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs time to be successful. That was the message from Washington State Insurance Commissioner&nbsp;Mike </span>Kreidler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who testified before a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.</span></p><p>Kreidler had been invited to speak by Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, but quickly found himself in the crosshairs of another, Rep. Dave Reichert.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:29:27 +0000 Ed Ronco 11421 at http://kplu.org Kreidler Defends Decision to Decline Health Care Extension Lawmakers Chide Kriedler for Declining Health Care Extension http://kplu.org/post/lawmakers-chide-kriedler-declining-health-care-extension <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s Insurance Commissioner Mike </span>Kreidler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is getting an earful from lawmakers over his decision not to grant relief to people losing their health plans next month.</span></p><p>President Barack Obama, to make good on a promise that had begun to ring hollow, said he’d allow those losing their coverage to keep it for a year. But Kreidler <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/no-health-care-policy-extensions-wash-state">declined the fix</a>, calling it a bad fit for Washington.</p><p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:02:45 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11249 at http://kplu.org Lawmakers Chide Kriedler for Declining Health Care Extension On Wash. Health Exchange, Strong Numbers and Some Anxiety http://kplu.org/post/wash-health-exchange-strong-numbers-and-some-anxiety <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s new health insurance exchange has been touting its </span><a href="http://www.wahbexchange.org/news-resources/press-room/press-releases/nov-19-enrollment-data" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">strong enrollment numbers, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">especially in comparison to the deeply-troubled federal exchange. But members of the board overseeing the exchange are starting to express some anxiety about meeting their signup goals.</span></p><p>The exchange reports 98,399 enrollments, as of mid-November. But the vast majority, 88 percent, are enrolled in the government-sponsored Medicaid program. The state needs to get many more people into private qualified health plans, or QHPs, to create a functioning market.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:49:36 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11190 at http://kplu.org On Wash. Health Exchange, Strong Numbers and Some Anxiety CEO of Wash. Health Exchange Gets 13 Percent Raise http://kplu.org/post/ceo-wash-health-exchange-gets-13-percent-raise <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The CEO of the Washington state health exchange is getting a 13 percent raise.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The board of the exchange voted 7-1 Wednesday to increase Richard Onizuka's salary from $157,000 per year to just over $177,400. Only one board member, Teresa Mosqueda, voted against the raise, said Michael Marchand, spokesman for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 00:18:02 +0000 The Associated Press 11186 at http://kplu.org CEO of Wash. Health Exchange Gets 13 Percent Raise Insurance Exchange Options in Limbo as Board Holds Out http://kplu.org/post/insurance-exchange-options-limbo-board-holds-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The menu of health insurance plans that will soon be offered to Washington consumers is still up in the air. The board overseeing the new health benefits exchange is holding out for more choices.</span></p><p>Washington’s insurance commissioner has approved four providers to offer 31 plans on Washington HealthPlanFinder, the new online marketplace for individuals that’s supposed to launch Oct. 1.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:10:12 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9731 at http://kplu.org Insurance Exchange Options in Limbo as Board Holds Out Obamacare pitch coming to libraries, pulpits, malls http://kplu.org/post/obamacare-pitch-coming-libraries-pulpits-malls <p></p><p>Working families without health insurance will get extra attention all over Washington this fall. Health organizations are getting $6 million in federal grants to send health recruiters to libraries, church pulpits, and shopping malls.&nbsp;</p><p>Face-to-face marketing and in-person recruiting are needed, according to the masterminds behind the the new health-care law, because about 25% of the uninsured won’t be able to use the new website. Wed, 05 Jun 2013 23:41:11 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 9000 at http://kplu.org