Washington Healthplanfinder Releases December Enrollment Report
Update Provides County-by-County Data, Enrollment by Age Range and More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 23, 2014
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today released a comprehensive data report that provides more detailed information regarding Washington State residents who newly enrolled in health coverage from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.*
The report contains information about enrollees including their age ranges, enrollment by county and even enrollments by health plan “Metal Level” such as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Some of the key takeaways from the report include:
- Dec. 23 Deadline for Jan. 1 Coverage Drives Enrollment: Enrollments in Qualified Health Plans (private health plans) saw an increase from 20,144 in November to 67,198 in the month of December, a 233 percent increase in enrollment. This surge is due to a Dec. 23, 2013 deadline for coverage that began on Jan. 1, 2014.
- More than 2,800 Kids Enroll in Pediatric Dental Plans: A total of 2,868 children under the age of 18 were enrolled in a pediatric dental plan through Washington Healthplanfinder. This does not include those who received pediatric dental benefits through Washington Apple Health.
- Nearly 78 Percent of Silver Plan Enrollees Benefit from Subsidies: Silver level private health plans continued to be the most popular plan level in the month of December, garnering more than 55 percent of enrollments. More than 77 percent of enrollees in Silver plans were eligible for cost-sharing subsidies, a form of financial help that lowers additional out of pocket costs such as copays and deductibles. These cost-sharing subsidies can only be accessed through a Silver level plan under the Affordable Care Act.
- Customer Support Center Handles Double the Number of Calls: With the addition of more than 200 customer support representatives since Oct. 1, the call center was able to handle nearly twice the number of phone calls in December. In November, 34,614 calls were handled while 66,714 calls were handled in December. An additional 100 to 150 representatives will be added by mid-February to further increase this number.
- Thirty Percent of Total Enrollments Include Adults Ages 18-34: More than 14,500 enrollees in Qualified Health Plans and more than 77,000 enrollees in Washington Health Apple Health were between the ages of 18 to 34.
To view the detailed enrollment report for December, please click here*.
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 www.wahealthplanfinder.org throughout the year. Questions about Healthplanfinder 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 www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
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.