427,000 Enroll in New Health Coverage Options through WA Healthplanfinder
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 3, 2:30 pm PST
427,000 Enroll in New Health Coverage Options through Washington Healthplanfinder
Additional 333,000 Residents Renew Washington Apple Health through the Marketplace
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today announced that 427,800 Washingtonians have now accessed free or low-cost coverage options since Oct. 1. Residents can enroll by March 31 at http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org for a private health plan, or enroll in Washington Apple (Medicaid) throughout the entire year.
More than 333,000 individuals who have been previously covered through Apple Health have renewed their coverage through wahealthplanfinder.org for a total of 761,659 residents.
Updated enrollment numbers from Oct. 1 to Feb. 27 are included below.
Web and Call Center Data
Call Center Volume (through Feb. 28)
Avg. Initial Call Center Wait Time (through Feb. 28)
1 min 15 sec
Avg. Wait Time after Call Menu Selection* (through Feb 28)
Qualified Health Plans
Medicaid Newly Eligible Adults
Medicaid Previously Eligible but not Enrolled
Medicaid Redeterminations (Previously Covered)
Qualified Health Plan Applicants – Need to Pay
*Note: These numbers reflect enrollments and applications through Feb. 27. Please note that “Average Wait Time after Call Menu Selection” refers to customers who have had an initial point of contact with a customer service representative and entered into wait queues for various areas of enrollment assistance.
Application Status Legend
· Qualified Health Plans: Includes individuals who have selected and submitted payment for a qualified health plan (private health plan).
· Medicaid Newly Eligible Adults: Includes newly eligible individuals who have qualified and enrolled in a Medicaid plan under the Medicaid expansion and does not include those who have transitioned from other Medicaid programs.
· Medicaid Previously Eligible but not Enrolled: Includes individuals (children, pregnant women, low-income families) who are newly enrolling but were eligible under old Medicaid eligibility rules.
· Medicaid Redeterminations: Includes individuals who were already enrolled in a Medicaid program and have had their eligibility status converted, re-determined or renewed through Washington Healthplanfinder as opposed to newly determined.
· QHP (Need to Pay): Includes individuals who have completed an application for a Qualified Health Plan that is awaiting payment.
Medicaid note: Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) does not have an open enrollment period. Individuals and families will be able to apply and complete their renewals via http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org throughout the year. Questions aboutHealthplanfinder should be directed to the toll-free Customer Support Center at 1-855-WAFINDER; Apple Health questions can be directed to the toll-free hot line at 1-800-562-3022 or emailed to AskMedicaid@hca.wa.gov
For more information about Washington Healthplanfinder and to enroll in health coverage, please visit http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
Washington Healthplanfinder, Bethany Frey, (360) 688-7752
Washington Health Care Authority, Jim Stevenson, (360) 725-1915
About Washington Healthplanfinder
Washington Healthplanfinder is a new online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing and public programs such as Medicaid. Washington Healthplanfinder began enrolling consumers on Oct. 1, 2013, for health insurance coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. The open enrollment period extends through March 31, 2014.
About the Washington Health Benefit Exchange
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is a public-private partnership established in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) with the goal to redefine people’s experience with health care through the creation of a new health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses. The Exchange is separate from the state and governed by an independent 11-member board appointed by former Gov. Chris Gregoire in Dec. 2011.
About Health Care Authority
The Health Care Authority includes the two largest state health care purchasing programs – Apple Health (Medicaid) and Public Employees Benefits system, which handles state employee benefits. Under Medicaid expansion, income eligibility guidelines will increase to 138% of the federal poverty level effective Jan. 1, 2014, increasing state Medicaid rolls by an estimated 328,000 individuals.
Bethany Frey | Senior Communications Specialist | Washington Health Benefit Exchange | P.O. Box 657 |Olympia, WA 98507 | ( 360.688.7752 |È206.948.5486 | * Bethany.Frey@wahbexchange.org | http://www.wahbexchange.org