Even as the federal health-insurance exchange faces unrelenting criticism, Washington state continues to report steady progress enrolling residents in health-care coverage through its Washington Healthplanfinder insurance exchange.
New data released Wednesday by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange show that more than 77,000 state residents have enrolled in coverage through Healthplanfinder between Oct. 1 and Nov. 7 — the first five weeks of open enrollment for coverage in 2014.
That figure includes 9,230 residents who enrolled in “qualified health plans” being sold through the exchange. A total of 68,532 used Healthplanfinder to enroll in Medicaid, which has been expanded to cover more low-income adults.
The latest figures for Washington state are higher than those included in a much-anticipated report, released earlier in the day Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that contains the first national enrollment data released by the Obama administration.
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The HHS data showed that 7,091 Washington residents had enrolled in private plans and 48,324 in Medicaid through Healthplanfinder from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. Those figures put Washington third among all 50 states in the number of residents who have enrolled in private health plans through the online marketplace. Only California and New York reported higher enrollment figures.