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What Is The Health Insurance Marketplace? As part of national health care reform, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is creating Washington Healthplanfinder – an easily accessible, online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington State to compare and enroll in quality health insurance plans and access important cost savings. Open enrollment starts October 1, 2013.

Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler The proposed health insurance rates for 2014: Where to find them and what they say A lot of people are wondering how health care reform will affect premiums for health insurance, including those plans that will be sold through the new Washington Healthplanfinder, our state's health insurance exchange.

Through Medicaid expansion, a large group of adults who would not have qualified for Medicaid in the past are now eligible for free health coverage.

Even In Over-Regulated Washington State, Obamacare Will Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 34-80% Something happens in October of 2013 but what?

Starting October 1, 2013, residents will be able to visit Washington HealthPlanFinder to shop for health insurance for coverage to begin on January 1, 2014. For hundreds of thousands of people, health insurance will be free or at a much lower cost than is now available. View the list and download a booklet from the Exchange website. Note that the rates do not account for subsidies that may be available to individual consumers, but it is still useful information for comparative purposes.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), about 835,000 Washington residents are eligible to use the new marketplace. The Washington insurance commissioner’s office estimates that 477,400 residents will qualify for subsidies, and state has a target of enrolling 130,000 people through the marketplace by Jan. 1 and 280,000 people in 2014.

The Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A) is a membership organization made up of 13 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Washington State.

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Health Insurance can be confusing! Check out this infographic from #humanaone that defines basic health insurance terms.