health exchange http://www.kplu.org en Who In Washington Deserves An Extension On Monday's Obamacare Deadline? http://www.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://www.kplu.org Who In Washington Deserves An Extension On Monday's Obamacare Deadline? Washington Health Exchange Banking On A Big March Surge In Enrollments http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-health-exchange-banking-big-march-surge-enrollments <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140609992&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;">Most Americans who still don’t have health insurance by March </span>31<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;could face a fine, and Washington’s health benefits exchange is hoping the looming deadline will help motivate people to enroll. But so far, the exchange is lagging behind its goals.</span></p><p>Massachusetts, which served as a template for the Affordable Care Act’s mandate to get insurance or pay a penalty, saw a huge rush just before the deadline. Exchange board member Phil Dyer says Washington needs a similar surge.</p><p>“Well, I feel like we’re behind the power curve. We’ve got a long way to go,” Dyer said. “Let’s wait and see if March gets us there, and then take a hard look at planning for Exchange 2.0.”</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 15111 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Health Exchange Banking On A Big March Surge In Enrollments On Wash. Health Exchange, Strong Numbers and Some Anxiety http://www.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://www.kplu.org On Wash. Health Exchange, Strong Numbers and Some Anxiety For the 'Unbanked' in Wash., a Barrier to Accessing Obamacare http://www.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://www.kplu.org For the 'Unbanked' in Wash., a Barrier to Accessing Obamacare Wash. Site Outage Linked to Federal Health Care Woes http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-site-outage-linked-federal-health-care-woes <p>The Washington state <a href="http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org" target="_blank">health care exchange website </a>was temporarily down on Wednesday morning as a result of a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;digital snag in Washington, D.C.</span></p><p>Michael Marchand, spokesman for the state exchange, says Washington state's website depends on a component of the federal system to work. At the moment, it doesn't work, but once it's fixed, the state site can start accepting applications again.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 16:46:35 +0000 Ed Ronco 10712 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Site Outage Linked to Federal Health Care Woes Strong Enrollment for Wash. Health Exchange, Medicaid Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/strong-enrollment-wash-health-exchange-medicaid-plan <p>On the day President Barack Obama acknowledged major flaws in the rollout of health insurance marketplaces, Washington’s exchange reported strong enrollment. Washington Healthplanfinder announced some 35,000 people have enrolled in a plan through the website, and another 56,000 are working their way through the process.</p><p>Michael Marchand, a spokesman for the exchange, said Washington’s site was designed to get the basics right.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:24:22 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10587 at http://www.kplu.org Strong Enrollment for Wash. Health Exchange, Medicaid Plan Brokers Get Creative to Keep Work during Change http://www.kplu.org/post/brokers-get-creative-keep-work-during-change <p>When Jeff Lindstrom started buying health insurance-related Internet domain names a few years ago, he thought he was being a smart, creative&nbsp;businessman.</p><p>Lindstrom, an insurance broker who works in the Seattle area, bought 40-50 domain names and hit the jackpot with one choice: washingtonhealthplanfinder.org. No, that&#39;s not the state&#39;s new health insurance marketplace. That&#39;s Lindstrom&#39;s brokerage&nbsp;site.</p><p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 18:46:29 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 10447 at http://www.kplu.org Brokers Get Creative to Keep Work during Change Suit Alleges Children's Hospital Left Out of Health Exchange Plans http://www.kplu.org/post/suit-alleges-childrens-hospital-left-out-health-exchange-plans <p>Seattle Children&rsquo;s Hospital has filed a suit against the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, alleging it was largely cut out of the state&rsquo;s new health insurance exchange.</p><p>There are eight insurance companies on Washington HealthPlanFinder, the marketplace that opened this week for individuals shopping for coverage. Six of them don&rsquo;t include Seattle Children&rsquo;s Hospital in their networks.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 23:05:06 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10288 at http://www.kplu.org Suit Alleges Children's Hospital Left Out of Health Exchange Plans Washington Health Plan Website 'Cruising At 55' http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-health-plan-website-cruising-55 <p>After a rocky start, Washington&rsquo;s Health Plan Finder website is now running smoothly, according to a spokesman for the state&rsquo;s Health Benefit Exchange.</p><p>Michael Marchand said Friday users are not experiencing the same slowdowns and other problems that plagued the website earlier in the week.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:51:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10286 at http://www.kplu.org Washington Health Plan Website 'Cruising At 55' Day 2 of State Health Exchange: It's Working http://www.kplu.org/post/day-2-state-health-exchange-its-working <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington state&#39;s new health insurance exchange is open and ready for business on its second day of operation.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Computer problems closed the website for the health insurance marketplace for hours on Tuesday morning, its first day of operation.</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 16:40:53 +0000 The Associated Press 10238 at http://www.kplu.org Day 2 of State Health Exchange: It's Working State Health Exchange Website Hits Snag on First Day http://www.kplu.org/post/state-health-exchange-website-hits-snag-first-day <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington&rsquo;s new health insurance exchange made a brief appearance Tuesday morning before going dark for much of the day.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The site was supposed to come online at 7:30. Exchange officials say they quickly began receiving complaints that the site was loading slowly for some users, and not loading at all for others. Spokesman Michael Marchand says by 8:30, officials decided to pull the site offline to make repairs.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:55:03 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer & Austin Jenkins 10224 at http://www.kplu.org State Health Exchange Website Hits Snag on First Day Options Double for Wash. Health Insurance Exchange http://www.kplu.org/post/options-double-health-insurance-exchange <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The menu of choices on Washington’s new health insurance exchange now includes 43 different plans provided by eight companies.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Consumer choice will vary by county, but every county in the state will have at least two providers to choose from.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:35:25 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9887 at http://www.kplu.org Options Double for Wash. Health Insurance Exchange Insurance Exchange Options in Limbo as Board Holds Out http://www.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://www.kplu.org Insurance Exchange Options in Limbo as Board Holds Out Choices for Health Coverage under Obamacare Coming into Focus http://www.kplu.org/post/choices-health-coverage-under-obamacare-coming-focus <p></p><p>Washington consumers will know later this week what insurance plans they’ll have to choose from on the state’s new health exchange. Insurance companies face a Tuesday deadline to submit plans to the state.</p><p>Nine have applied so far to offer products on the Washington Healthplan Finder, the online marketplace where consumers can comparison-shop for coverage. The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, requires those exchanges to be open for business by Oct. 1.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9457 at http://www.kplu.org Choices for Health Coverage under Obamacare Coming into Focus State's Translated Health Exchange Fact Sheets Get Poor Marks http://www.kplu.org/post/states-translated-health-exchange-fact-sheets-get-poor-marks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Call it a case of “lost in translation.” Washington and Oregon’s new health insurance exchanges are getting poor marks for their efforts to communicate with foreign language audiences.</span></p><p>On the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website, you can find fact sheets in eight foreign languages, from Cambodian to Somali. These one- and two-page documents are supposed to help uninsured families navigate the new world of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>But after the translations went live on the website, the feedback wasn't so good.</p><p> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:01:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 9446 at http://www.kplu.org State's Translated Health Exchange Fact Sheets Get Poor Marks