November 18, 2013
With national health care reform now over a month underway, Washington
is leading the way for state-based health care systems, third only to New York and California. For a full update
on the exchange, our own Dan Langager sat down with Communications Director for the Washington Health Benefit
Exchange Michael Marchand.
In Washington, the Health Benefit Exchange has seen one of the most seamless roll-outs
out of the 50 states. Washington has signed more people up for health insurance since open enrollment began Oct. 1
than any state other than New York and California. The next most successful state marketplaces after Washington
are in Kentucky and Connecticut.
Here in Chelan County, a total of 764 people have signed up for insurance
plans. Almost 90 percent, or 669 people, qualify for free plans through medicaid. A total of 355 people have
signed up in Douglas County, with 313 medicaid plans. Throughout the entire state, just over 9,000 people have
selected a marketplace health insurance plan.