Abortion insurance bill moves through Washington Senate

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The measure is now on its way to the state House, in which previous years have passed it. The Washington Senate recently passed an abortion insurance bill, sending it forward to the House. Should the measure become law, it would mean that insurance companies in the state that offer maternity care would also be required to provide coverage for contraception and elective abortions. Senate Bill 6219 passed the Senate with a vote of 26-22, including the vote of one Republican. In this vote, Senator Joe Fain (R) voted along with…

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Washington health insurance rates expected to see double-digit increases

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In fact, the going prediction is that premiums could rise by over 13 percent on average across the state. According to the state’s commissioner, Mike Kreidler, the Washington health insurance rates are slated to increase by an average of 13.5 percent and apparently this doesn’t come as a surprise to him. There have already been thirteen health insurance companies that have filed their 2017 plans. Those insurers are asking for an average 13.5 percent increase on Washington health insurance rates across a total of 154 individual plans for 2017. This…

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Over 200,000 people enroll for health insurance in Washington

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Washington consumers find the coverage they need through the state’s insurance exchange The open enrollment period for health insurance exchanges has ended and more than 200,000 people have enrolled for coverage in Washington. State officials note that more people may have attempted to acquire coverage through exchanges, but were unable to due to technical difficulties. Those that experienced computer issues are being encouraged to contact Washington Healthplanfinder in order to complete the enrollment process. Though the open enrollment period is over, those with partially completed enrollment applications could be granted…

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Some 11,000 new consumers enroll in Washington health insurance exchange

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State health insurance exchange enrolls 11,000 new consumers looking for coverage An estimated 11,000 new people have enrolled in Washington’s health insurance exchange, according to state officials. The state’s exchange has managed to attract numerous new customers who have been looking for insurance coverage. A portion of these consumers were previously uninsured, with others opting to find new policies and move away from the private market, which is becoming increasingly expensive. State officials believe that the exchange continues to see healthy growth as new consumers seek more options when it…

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Major change to Washington health insurance exchange could benefit consumers

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Consumers will now pay premiums directly to insurance providers Those purchasing health insurance coverage through the Washington exchange have begun paying their premiums directly to insurers. Previously, consumers were paying premiums to the exchange itself, which then issued these premiums to insurance companies. The change may be a boon for consumers, as many have reported problems in with premiums payments in the past. Trouble paying premiums has lead to some consumers having complications with their coverage and the state is looking to resolve this issue effectively. Many had reported problems…

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Washington approves 136 health insurance plans to be sold on state’s exchange

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New insurers have been approved to sell coverage to participate in the state’s insurance exchange The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner has announced the approval of some 136 individual health insurance plans that will be sold through the state’s insurance exchange. The plans come from 12 insurance companies, which had requested for rate increases of 5.4%. State regulators have approved an increase in premiums of 4.2% for these insurers, however. Consumers will be able to purchase these plans during the exchange’s upcoming open enrollment period, which begins in November…

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Health insurance is now more accessible in Washington than ever before

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Affordable Care Act has been a major success in Washington Health care reform may have been a major success in Washington, according to the state’s Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler. This week, Keridler spoke to a Congressional subcommittee, highlighting the benefits that the Affordable Care Act has brought to his state. Most notable among these benefits is the impact that the law has had on the uninsured population. According to Kreidler, Washington now has the lowest rate of uninsured people it has seen since 1987. State’s uninsured population drops to 8.5%…

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170,000 people sign up for the Washington health insurance exchange

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More people find the coverage they need through the Washington insurance exchange An estimated 170,000 Washington residents have purchased health insurance coverage through the state’s exchange marketplace, according to information provided by the state. This is an increase in the number that purchased health insurance through the exchange during the first open enrollment period. Many people were able to take advantage of a special enrollment period, which offered consumers more time to sign up for coverage through the state’s exchange before they filed for taxes. Special enrollment period proves to…

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Washington health insurance exchange enrollment is growing quickly

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State exchange reports 22,500 new people signed up for insurance coverage, with 70,000 renewals Washington’s health insurance exchange is performing quite well during this open enrollment period. According to reports from the exchange, approximately 22,500 new people have signed up for coverage through the exchange marketplace. Another 70,000 people have renewed the coverage that they purchased through the exchange during the last open enrollment period. Washington residents may have run out of time to purchase coverage that will go into effect on January 1, 2015. Policies purchased after Tuesday will…

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Health insurance enrollment up by 10,000 in Washington

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The state has now reported this figure, which represents the number of sign-ups over the last few weeks. At the end of last week, the state of Washington released its figures for health insurance sign ups during the first few weeks of open enrollment, and what it said was that there have been about 10,000 residents of the state that have already taken part. In 2013, there were almost 50,000 people who had enrolled for private health plans during the first four weeks. Last year’s open enrollment for buying health…

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