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Washington Health Benefit Exchange 10/29/2013

Execution remains slow going for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange both on a state and local level.

Website glitches, crashes and miscalculations continue to plague the brand new healthcare system.

So far about 35 thousand Washington residents have signed up for insurance, many of whom qualify for free insurance through a Medicaid expansion that goes into effect in January.

Here in north central Washington the numbers aren’t quite as significant, but that doesn’t mean interest isn’t running high.

Christy Walt, Financial Assistance Manager for Confluence Health, says less than 300 people so far have signed up for the exchange’s insurance through Confluence Health. She believes the low numbers are not due to the website errors, but more so for people just wanting to learn more...

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Walt says the residents who are coming in are from both ends in terms of how they feel about the new health plans…

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The benefit exchange’s website is, or you can call their toll free number: 1-855-wa-finder. That’s 1-855-923-4633.