To access the data behind this report, please click below on “Health Coverage Enrollment Report”.
|OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that as of this April, more than 204,000 Washington Healthplanfinder customers have enrolled in a 2017 Qualified Health Plan during the most recent open enrollment period – a 23 percent jump over the previous year.
This announcement supplements the release of the Exchange’s most recent Health Coverage Enrollment Report that provides in-depth information on February 2017 enrollees. Detailed within the report are the more than 1.7 million Washingtonians who enrolled in coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder from Nov. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017, including the over 1.5 million residents enrolled in Washington Apple Health (Medicaid MAGI/CHIP).
“Our continued enrollment growth is further evidence of the critical role Washington Healthplanfinder plays in connecting residents with health and dental coverage,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “As the health insurance marketplace for one in four Washingtonians, we remain committed to providing access to affordable health care to everyone in Washington state.”
Included within the updated enrollment report are comprehensive breakdowns of Qualified Health Plan, Qualified Dental Plan, and Washington Apple Health enrollees. Highlights taken from the data include:
With the increase in Exchange enrollment, Washington state continues to see further reduction in the state’s number of uninsured. Since Washington Healthplanfinder went live in 2013, the insured rate has dropped from more than 13 percent to below six percent – the lowest rate in state history.
Residents who do not currently have 2017 health insurance and have recently experienced a qualifying life event can still shop and sign up for coverage using a special enrollment period. Both new and current Washington Healthplanfinder customers can apply for a special enrollment period by creating an account or reporting a change to an existing account at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
Customers who do not qualify for a special enrollment period must wait until next open enrollment period to sign up for health coverage. The next open enrollment period for Washington Healthplanfinder is set to begin on Nov. 1 and conclude on Dec. 15.
Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year. Small business owners have the option of enrolling year-round through Washington Healthplanfinder Business.