health exchange

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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Health Care Exchange
10:10 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Certification Of Wash. Health Plans Delayed

Flickr Photo/Alex Proimos

It will be another week before Washington consumers will know how many new certified health plans will be be sold in the exchange. The exchange is a web-based market for health insurance that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. The nine-member board that governs the exchange voted Thursday to delay certification until next week.

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Health Exchange
11:43 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Abortions Not Covered By Group Health, But Not Charged Either

Mike Kreidler, Washington state insurance commissioner.
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler.

Seattle’s nonprofit health care system, Group Health, has said they won’t be offering abortion coverage in the new health care exchange.

But they also said women will be able to get an abortion without paying more.

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Health Exchange
10:36 am
Thu August 15, 2013

How Do You Say "Coverage Is Here" In 34 Languages?

Jennifer DeYoung, health reform policy analyst, and Penny Lara, project manager, at Seattle-King County Public Health with Michael Marchand, communications director at Washington Health Benefit Exchange, at a recent media briefing for ethnic media.
KUOW Photo/Madeline Ewbank

This week state and county officials met with local ethnic media. They hope the media will help them get the word out to non-English speakers about health care changes coming this fall.

The briefing was part of a statewide campaign to let consumers know that beginning in October, there will be 31 new health plans available for purchase at the state’s online marketplace. But the challenge for organizers will be more than just language barriers.

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Health Insurance
9:25 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Health Exchange Foreign Language Fact Sheets Get Poor Marks

Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:02 am

Call it a case of “lost in translation.” Washington and Oregon’s new health insurance exchanges are getting poor marks for their efforts to communicate with foreign language audiences.

On the Washington Health Benefit Exchange website you can find fact sheets in eight foreign languages – from Cambodian to Somali. These one and two page documents are supposed to help uninsured families navigate the new world of the Affordable Care Act.

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Health Exchanges
9:25 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Northwest Health Exchanges Are Big Money Ventures

Cover Oregon

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 4:47 pm

Nearly $500 million.

That’s how much the federal government has awarded Washington, Oregon and Idaho to create health benefit exchanges. These are the new web portals to purchase insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It’s a costly undertaking that involves six-figure salaries, hefty IT contracts and high-end advertising campaigns.

If a green, talking gecko can sell car insurance, then maybe Portland-based folk singer Laura Gibson can sell health insurance.

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Health Exchange
5:53 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Washington Selects Community Groups To Promote Health Exchange

About a million Washington residents are now without health insurance. Come October, the state hopes to get many of them enrolled in a plan. That’s when Washington’s Health Exchange is scheduled to launch. But signing people up for health insurance is not as easy as it sounds. There’s still a lot of misinformation about Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

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Health Exchange
8:00 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Feds Say Washington Making Progress On Health Exchange

It's official: Washington has reached a milestone in creating its own health exchange. On Monday the US Department of Health and Human Services announced Washington is among six states to make significant progress in developing an online market for health plans.

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