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Healthplanfinder officials satisfied with first enrollment numbers

Washington Healthplanfinder announced last week that more than one million Washington residents have accessed health coverage through wahealthplanfinder.org from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

This includes an updated enrollment total of 164,062 individuals in private health plans, up from 147,000 as previously reported.

“We are thrilled to be able to finish this first enrollment period on a high note,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “These past six months have been both exciting and challenging, but we’re pleased with the number of individuals who were able to access coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder in such a short time frame.”

Excluding renewals in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid), 587,267 residents have now enrolled in new free or low-cost coverage options in the last six months.

In Yakima County, 22,077 residents were newly enrolled in Medicaid, while 33,597 were renewed. A total of 4,068 citizens were enrolled in new coverage through qualified health plans.

The next open enrollment period runs from Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015 for coverage starting in 2015. Customers may qualify for a special enrollment outside the standard open enrollment period for life events such as getting married or having a baby.

People who qualify for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) may enroll at any point during the year, as well as American Indians/Alaskan Natives who are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe or an Alaska native corporation.

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