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Applications for new healthcare plan roll in during first week



Totals on healthplan finders online: Updated numbers since the Oct. 1 launch. Applications completed includes individuals who have completed applications but have not yet submitted payment. Payment is due on Dec. 23, 2013 for coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2014. Additional paper applications received through community organizations over the weekend are not yet reflected in the above totals.

Washington Healthplanfinder Monday announced more than 10,000 residents completed applications for health coverage since the marketplace opened on Oct. 1. Washington Healthplanfinder is the new way for residents to find, compare, and enroll in health insurance and gain access to free or low-cost health coverage.

“The number of applications we’ve received is a strong start to our six-month open enrollment period,” said Richard Onizuka, Chief Executive Officer for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “While we’ve seen a high level of initial interest, we know that many individuals will continue to shop and wait to purchase a health plan until much closer to the effective start...

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