Washington State Health Care Authority

Washington State Health Care Authority
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Mission: Create a one-stop-shop for health insurance which will let consumers compare different plans, check qualifications for tax credits, and assist in enrolling in a plan.   The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) was established by Senate Bill 5445 enacted by the 2011 Washington State Legislature. $23 million was granted to the HCA by […]Continue reading «Washington State Health Care Authority»

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Mission: Create a one-stop-shop for health insurance which will let consumers compare different plans, check qualifications for tax credits, and assist in enrolling in a plan.

 

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) was established by Senate Bill 5445 enacted by the 2011 Washington State Legislature. $23 million was granted to the HCA by the federal government. The grant is mainly being used to create the technical infrastructure of the exchange as well as analyze policy decisions. The exchange board has twenty members as specified by the Substitute Senate Bill 5445. The board assumed authority in March 2012 (1).

 

Preliminary estimates made by Washington’s Health Care Authority, Joint Legislative Select Committee, and the state legislature suggest that close to 400,000 people will use the exchange to buy health insurance (1). A range of coverage options will be provided by the exchange as well as catastrophic plans for low-income consumers under the age of 30 (2). A Technical Advisory Committee was formed by the exchange legislation to help identify operational decisions before the formation of the board. The HCA appointed Lisa Brandenburg as the hospital/health system administrator (3).

 

The exchange has completed a detailed budget for now until 2014, developed a financial sustainability plan, determined the program’s IT system, and developed a plan describing the program’s capacity to provide assistance. It has also developed criteria for qualified health plans, planned its integration with Medicaid, and is currently working on outreach and education. The exchange is expected to be running by fall of 2013 (3).

 

1)  http://www.wsha.org/files/149/Summary%20of%20Exchange%20July%202011.pdf
2)    http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/03/washingtons_fledgling_health_i.html
3)    http://www.hca.wa.gov/hcr/exchange

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Washington Health Benefit Exchange
521 Capitol Way South
Olympia, WA 98501


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