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Washington Obamacare increases below U.S. average

Washington health insurance rates will go up an average of 13.6 percent next year, state officials said Wednesday. But the average increases for insurance bought through the state exchange under the Affordable Care Act will be less than that, and far below the national average.

Health exchange changing payment process

OLYMPIA – The Washington health exchange is cutting out the middleman between insurance companies and their customers who sign up for individual plans using the agency’s online finder. In this case, that middle man is the agency itself.

Washington health exchange changes billing system

OLYMPIA – The Washington health exchange is cutting out the middleman between insurance companies and their customers who sign up for individual plans using the agency’s online finder. In this case, that middle man is the agency itself.

Fixes for insurance exchange have cost

OLYMPIA – Washington residents struggling with the insurance plans purchased through the state’s exchange will be able to sign up for new plans through November because problems have been so hard to correct. A special enrollment period will last from Wednesday through Nov. 14, allowing customers with unresolved problems to sign up for different plans or with different companies, the state’s top insurance official said Monday. Here’s the catch: Customers could lose their subsidies or any deductible credits or out-of-pocket expenses they’ve built up with their current plans.

Users frustrated with administration of Washington health exchange

Joleene Ries knew for five months she wasn’t paying enough for medical insurance but couldn’t get the state agency that collects her money to raise her premiums. “I’m more than frustrated about it,” the Spokane retiree said after months of trying to update her income on a computerized state system. “I want to pay what I’m supposed to pay.”

Washington health insurance exchange overpays subsidies

SEATTLE – Officials with Washington’s new health exchange announced Friday that 8,000 insurance applicants erroneously qualified for higher tax credits because of a system error. Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, said the system error was uncovered and corrected this week. The problem was traced to an inconsistency in file formats shared between the Washington Health Plan Finder website and federal data.