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Washington Launches Healthcare Insurance Website

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KENNEWICK, WA-- Even with the uncertainty in Congress, the Affordable Care Act is moving forward and starting Tuesday, people can sign up online for health insurance. 

The state's website, Washington Healthplanfinder.org launched Tuesday morning.

Washington Healthplanfinder.org is the site where Washingtonians can compare plans and enroll in the one that best suits their needs. 

The site allows people to filter through plans based on things like cost. Users can compare three plans side by side and review the expenses and benefits of each plan. 

The enrollment period starts Tuesday and lasts through next March.

People who sign up before December 23rd will get coverage beginning January 1st. 

Washington state spent the last two years creating their health plan website and it's unlike other states using a federal site.

"I think people are going to find this to be a much easier experience then trying to track down the information themselves. This is really intended to streamline the process and make it all available for them in one place." said Bethany Frey, Washington Healthplanfinder spokesperson.

The site was up for only an hour Tuesday morning before technical issues shut it down for maintenance. The site worked intermittently throughout Tuesday.

Frey the Washington Health Benefit Exchange hopes to enroll 130,000 people before the end of the year to begin coverage by January 1st 2014. 

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