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By Phil Dyer
Board Member, Washington Health Exchange 

First phase completed, Health Exchange looks to next

Guest Commentary


It has been nearly three years since Washington began to build its state-based insurance exchange and profoundly expanded Medicaid.

It has not been an easily defined road nor a smooth one. Nothing like this had ever been done before, which led to a number of challenges in budgeting, forecasting, and other elements prior to launch on Oct. 1, 2013. Now the exchange, known as the Washington Healthplanfinder (WHPF), has completed the open-enrollment period. The WHPF primarily offered only individual and family coverage, leaving small-business coverage until the next open enrollment later this year.

We’ve learned a great deal and are already making changes for next year.

First, new Medicaid...

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