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Washington State Behind Only California and New York When it Comes to Health Care Signups

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New federal statistics show Washington state has signed more people up for health insurance since open enrollment began Oct. 1 than any state other than New York and California. New federal statistics show Washington state has signed more people up for health insurance since open enrollment began Oct. 1 than any state other than New York and California.

SEATTLE, WA - More than 79,000 people nationwide signed up for health care using state-run exchanges. So where did Washington State fall?

According to new numbers released Wednesday, Washington State has signed more people up for health care since open enrollment began Oct. 1 than any states, other than New York and California.

Just over 7,000 people have selected a marketplace health insurance plan in Washington state. Another 48,000 or so found out they are eligible for free insurance under Medicaid. And another 64,000 have completed applications for insurance, but have not finished the sign up process.
    
Numbers coming in from California show that much larger state has nearly twice as many people going through the process right now and a total of more than 35,000 completed applications. New York's numbers are not as complete, but that large state is reporting more than 16,000 insurance sign-ups. The next most successful state marketplaces after Washington are in Kentucky and Connecticut.

Here are the Washington numbers:
    
Number of completed applications through the state insurance marketplace: 64,990
    
Number of individuals applying for insurance in those completed applications: 119,309
    
Number of individuals who have found out they will get help paying for private insurance: 13,375
    
Number who found out through the health exchange that they are eligible for Medicaid: 48,196
    
Number of individuals who have selected a private insurance plan through the marketplace: 7,091
    
Estimate of uninsured Washington citizens: 1 million.

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