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Washington Health Benefit Exchange Announces Marketplace Leaders

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has announced the ten organizations that will lead the state's online health insurance marketplace.

The different groups will head the customer assistance program that will support Washington Healthplanfinder - the online marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can find, compare and enroll in health coverage that best fits their needs. 

For Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties, the lead organization is Benton Franklin Community Action Connections. The HBE is also awarding the group a $264,000 award. 

For Yakima and Kittitas Counties, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is the lead organization. HBE is awarding the group a $300,000 award.

Community Actions Connections Bio: Since 1966, Community Action Connections (CAC), a private non-profit corporation in Benton and Franklin Counties has empowered low-income families and individuals toward greater self-sufficiency and quality of life. CAC's programs include housing, emergency shelter, eviction prevention, crisis energy assistance, Basic Food eligibility, Emergency Needs Assistance, Child Care Support, Weatherization, and connection to other agencies and services. CAC also serves as the State Health Insurance Benefits Advisor (SHIBA) program providing advocacy and assistance with insurance coverage. CAC has helped lay the local groundwork for coverage under the Affordable Care Act and is well positioned to lead services that will benefit Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla.

Yakima Neighborhood Health Services Bio: Yakima Neighborhood Health Services' (YNHS) mission is to provide affordable, accessible, quality health care, and to promote learning opportunities for students of health professions. YNHS operates five clinic/program locations in south central Washington State, serving residents of both Yakima and Kittitas counties. YNHS provides access to the full scope of primary, preventive, and supplemental enabling services (including insurance enrollment) through all stages of patients' lives, without regard for ability to pay for care. The organization enjoys strong community backing, a strong Board of Directors, and committed staff. YNHS' philosophy, leadership, and no-frills approach to health care have succeeded in providing cost-effective delivery of quality service for over three decades to residents of the Yakima Valley. 

The eight other organizations chosen to lead the program are listed below:

- CHOICE Regional Health Network 

Serving Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston, Clallam and Jefferson Counties 

Award Amount: $558,000 

- Clark County Public Health 

Serving Clark, Klickitat and Skamania Counties 

Award Amount: $394,000 

- Cowlitz Family Health Center 

Serving Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties 

Award Amount: $112,000 

- Empire Health Foundation 

Serving Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, Adams, Lincoln, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield and Asotin Counties 

Award Amount: $858,000 

- Kitsap Public Health District 

Serving Kitsap County 

Award Amount: $202,507 

- Seattle-King County Public Health 

Serving King County 

Award Amount: $1,644,000 

- Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department 

Serving Pierce County 

Award Amount: $682,000 

- Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement 

Serving Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, San Juan and Island Counties 

Award Amount: $970,000