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25,000 People in Washington Sign Up For Health Insurance

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NBCRightNow.com - Nearly 25,000 people living in Washington State have signed up for insurance since enrollment opened for the state's new health care exchange earlier this month.

The Washington health benefit exchange says more than 3,000 enrollments were for health plans certified by the state, and the remaining 22,000 were enrolling for medicaid coverage.

An additional 37,000 people living in Washington have completed online applications that are awaiting payment that is due in December.

Washingtonians have six months to buy health insurance through the new exchange during the first enrollment period ending in march.

The state estimates about 1 million Washington state residents do not have health insurance, or about one in seven people.

People can get help in the enrollment process locally at Community Action Connection in Pasco.
Volunteers there said the number of people looking for help has increased but getting the certifications for their assistants is taking longer than expected.

"Those that have been certified are the ones that are meeting with the clients and as more and more people receive their certification, we're getting more and more appointments scheduled. So going forward, we're going to see that process will increase in terms of its capacity," said Wes Luc key, Community Action Connection.

Luckey said he has still been noticing glitches in the Healthplan Finder's web site but it's improving overall.

Community Action Connections is located at 720 W. Court St. Pasco, WA 99301. You can reach them at (509)545-4042 or visit their web site here.