Unbanked http://kplu.org en For the 'Unbanked' in Wash., a Barrier to Accessing Obamacare http://kplu.org/post/unbanked-wash-barrier-accessing-obamacare <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s health exchange has been a bright spot in the slipshod rollout of </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but one requirement for signing up could be a barrier to the very people the new law is supposed to serve.</span></p><p>To sign up for coverage on <a href="https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org/HBEWeb/Annon_DisplayHomePage.action?authn_try_count=0&amp;contextType=external&amp;username=string&amp;contextValue=%2Foam&amp;password=sercure_string&amp;challenge_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wahealthplanfinder.org%2FHBEWeb%2FAnnon_DisplayHomePage.action&amp;request_id=1737368252391297376&amp;locale=en_US&amp;resource_url=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.wahealthplanfinder.org%252FHBEWeb%252F" target="_blank">WAHealthPlanFinder.org</a>, you have to make your first payment by credit card, debit card or electronic funds transfer from a bank account.</p><p>But <a href="https://www.statereforum.org/sites/default/files/wa_hbe_ac_130917_payment_process.pdf" target="_blank">recent studies </a>show about one-fourth of Washington households are either “unbanked” with no access to an account, or “underbanked"&nbsp;with limited access. The number of those affected is even higher in low-income and minority communities to which many of the exchange’s target audience belong.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11108 at http://kplu.org For the 'Unbanked' in Wash., a Barrier to Accessing Obamacare