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Washington health exchange OKs 35 plans

first_imgThe board of the state’s health exchange on Wednesday granted final approval for 35 insurance plans to be sold on the state-based online marketplace.The board for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange certified seven health insurers to offer 35 plans on the state exchange, which is where uninsured individuals will buy coverage for themselves and their families. Another eight multi-state plans from Premera are expected to be included in the exchange once the federal government certifies the plans.The board approval includes the 18 Clark County plans offered by three insurers — Kaiser Permanente, Community Health Plan of Washington and LifeWise Health Plan of Washington.The board also approved Kaiser’s health plans for small-business owners. The plans will be sold through the Small Business Health Options Program, which will operate similarly to the individual exchange. Those plans are available only to businesses in Clark and Cowlitz counties.“This is the first time that many Washingtonians will be able to shop for quality health care coverage,” Richard Onizuka, chief executive officer for the exchange, said in a news release. “These brand new coverage options will enable residents to find the important health care services they need at costs that best fit their budget.”last_img read more

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