health exchange

Affordable Care Act
9:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Young Invincibles? More Like, Still Unable To Afford Health Insurance

Jess Marie with her cat Moneypenny. For young adults like Marie, affordability is big issue when shopping for health plans.
Credit Jess Marie

When you think of young invincibles, as the government calls those who haven’t signed up for health insurance, you may think of the dude recklessly riding his skateboard in traffic.

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Technology
11:12 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

State Health Exchange Launches App For 'Young Invincibles'

iPhone screenshots of Washington's Young Invincibles app, which also works for Android.

Washington state’s health exchange has just released an app for iPhone and Android users aimed at so-called "young invincibles," or young adults up to age 35. Their participation is crucial for the Affordable Care Act to work. But traditionally, this age group is least likely to buy health insurance for a variety of reasons.

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Health Care
11:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

For Some, Health Exchange Is A Breeze. For Others, An Unending Headache

New hires train to take calls at Washington's health exchange call center in Spokane Valley.
Credit Northwest News Network Photo/Jessica Robinson

KUOW's Ruby de Luna explains the successes, and challenges, of the first month of Washington's health exchange.

Washington’s health care exchange got off to a rocky start one month ago Friday: from the temporary shut down on its first day to the recent errors calculating tax credits. Even so, Washington state has fared well compared to the federal Website and even has some fans.

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Health Care
4:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Washington Insurance Commissioner On Health Plan Cancellations

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Marcie Sillman checks in with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to find out the truth behind the “discontinuation and replacement notices” that health insurance companies are sending Washingtonians.  And she’ll get an explanation on the battle between Seattle Children’s Hospital and Premera Blue Cross that is playing out over the new health exchange.

Health Care
7:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Oops. Washington Health Exchange Miscalculates Subsidies For Thousands

The front page of the Website for the Washington State Health Care Benefit Exchange.

Washingtonians who have signed up for health plans through the health exchange and qualified for tax credits may have received wrong information.

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Affordable Care Act
4:05 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Health Exchange Rollout: What The Feds Got Wrong And What Wash. Got Right

A HyperCard parody of the federal health care exchange, which has been plagued by technical issues since rolling out earlier this month.
Flickr Photo/Daniel Rehn

Congressional Republicans begin a series of hearings today on the problematic rollout of the federal government’s health exchange website. Since its launch earlier this month, healthcare.gov has been plagued by a number of technical issues and the Spanish language version hasn’t even launched yet.

Here in Washington, the health exchange rollout had a glitchy start, but overall, it’s fared much better than the federal website.

Bill Schrier is the former Chief Technology Officer for the city of Seattle. He currently serves as senior policy advisor to the chief information officer of Washington state. He talks with Marcie Sillman about what the other Washington did wrong, and what Washington state did right.

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Affordable Care Act
10:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

A Three-Week Checkup On Washington's Health Exchange

As part of implementing the Affordable Care Act, state and federal health exchanges kicked off three weeks ago. The launch has been no walk in the park. State-run exchanges and the federally-run, Healthcare.gov, have been plagued with website problems: failed-log ins, long wait times and, in the case of Washington’s own wahealthplanfinder.org, a non-functioning website for the first few days.

Despite its glitchy start, Washington has been touted as one of the best functioning state marketplaces. Marcie Sillman talks with spokesperson Michael Marchand from Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange.

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The Week In Review
2:44 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

D.C. Shutdown, Health Exchange, And The Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll talks to his players during the first quarter an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Sept. 29 in Houston.
Credit AP Photo/David J. Phillip

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Eli Sanders of The Stranger. 

A continuing political fight over the nation's new health care law leads to a partial shutdown of the federal government, the first in 17 years. Washington state's health care exchange gets off to a glitchy start online. We check in on the race for Seattle mayor with just over one month to go before the November 5 election. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank seeks help coping with the strange discomfort of having two undefeated football teams in town.

Health Care Exchange
12:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Back To Work After A Baby, But Without Health Insurance

People get information on California's health exchange at a table at Union Station in Los Angeles on Tuesday, the exchange's opening day.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Sat October 5, 2013 6:13 pm

Pardit Pri had health insurance until she decided to quit her job as a legal administrative assistant and stay home with her newborn son 20 months ago. She thought she'd have coverage by now. But it didn't work out that way.

"I knew that I wasn't going to be working for a while because I decided to stay home with my son, and I thought ... 'OK, fingers crossed. Nothing will happen during that time,' " she says, as she plays with her son in their Orange County, Calif., apartment.

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Health Exchange
8:18 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Washington Health Exchange's Early Enrollees

Gov. Jay Inslee shares a laugh with Charles Johnson as the two speak about having played high school football against each other decades earlier. Jackson is newly enrolled in Washington state's new health insurance exchange.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Washington’s health exchange got off to a bumpy start on its first day yesterday. The website was temporarily shut down all morning. People who tried to access the website experienced slowdowns and technical problems. But there were some people who managed avoid the glitches and sign up for health coverage.

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Affordable Care Act
6:50 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Washington Health Exchange Ready For Business

Nelly Kinsella of the Washington State Health Exchange Benefit Exchange shows a reporter how to navigate the new online market system. The state's health exchange opens Tuesday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Tuesday marks  a big milestone for the Affordable Care Act; it’s the day a major centerpiece of the law comes to life. Washington, along with 15 other states, has spent years planning and developing an online market where consumers can shop for health insurance. Tuesday, the health exchanges make their live debut.

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Affordable Care Act
4:04 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

How To Get Health Insurance Through Washington's Marketplace

Flickr Photo/kindagetmego

The Affordable Care Act, colloquially called Obamacare, is here. Washington's health insurance marketplace, Healthplanfinder, is set to open Tuesday morning. In the marketplace, users can find, compare and sign up for health insurance. How does it work and what information will you need? David Hyde talks with Washington Health Benefit Exchange's director of communications, Michael Marchand.

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Affordable Care Act
12:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Insurance Exchange 101: Here's What You Need To Know

The audience concentrates on a presentation by Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's office about the federal health care overhaul at the University of Kansas satellite campus in Overland Park, Kan., earlier this month.
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 6:36 am

The Affordable Care Act has been through two years of legislative wrangling, a presidential election and a Supreme Court test that took it to the brink.

Now, after yet another round of debate and argument, major pieces of the federal health law are expected to kick in Tuesday.

If all goes as planned, people who don't have insurance or who buy it on their own will be able to shop online or at various locations in their communities for coverage that will take effect Jan. 1.

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Affordable Care Act
11:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Need Health Care? Wash. State Certifies Health Exchange Providers

Washington state’s Health Benefit Exchange officially opens for enrollment October 1. Last month, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler approved plans from only four insurance companies. But last week, following negotiations with several insurance companies, Kreidler doubled that number. In total, 46 individual insurance plans from eight different companies will be available on the marketplace.

What will more choices mean for consumers seeking health coverage? Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler talked with Ross Reynolds.

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Health Insurance
2:27 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Bill Clinton Steps Up To Dispel The Confusion Over Obamacare

He's back! Unabashed wonk and former president Bill Clinton detangles the health care law.
Danny Johnston Associated Press

Originally published on Tue September 10, 2013 2:22 pm

With the launch of the major piece of the Affordable Care Act less than a month away, the Obama administration is escalating the public relations push with one of their most effective weapons – former President Bill Clinton, now known to many as explainer in chief.

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