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Washington State Seeing Good Health Benefit Enrollment Numbers

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NBC RIGHT NOW-- While the Obama Administration is working to fix the glitches on the national health exchange website, new data shows Washington State is seeing strong enrollment numbers.

Health officials with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange said as of now there are about 49,000 people signed up with the new health plan that started earlier this month.

More than 6,300 people are eligible for health plans certified by the state, and the remaining are those enrolling for Medicaid coverage.

Thousands more have completed online applications that are awaiting payment due next month.

In Benton County, almost 500 newly eligible people are now signed up, and in Franklin County there are 222.

Yakima has almost 800 people now enrolled in the new plan for health coverage and Kittitas County has about 200 people enrolled.

Officials said they plan to add 145 new customer-support representatives to help reduce wait times for calls to the exchange's toll-free number.

Officials said Washington State has some of the strongest enrollment numbers among all of the states running their own exchanges with nearly 2,000 people signing up each day.

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