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Gov. Inslee, Insurance Commissioner Agree on Fix for WA Health Exchange

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UPDATE/SEATTLE (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler have reached a deal for a major fix for the billing problems plaguing the state's answer to health care reform.
   
A spokeswoman for the insurance commissioner says the plan will be announced Thursday afternoon.
   
Under the agreement, people having technical problems with Washington Healthplanfinder may be able to bypass its payment system and pay their insurance company directly.
   
Details of the arrangement, which will make Washington's payment system more like other states, have not been announced.
   
Spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says the arrangement will be temporary until the next open enrollment period begins in November. People who have reported their problems to the exchange will be able to pay their next payment directly to their insurance company.

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SEATTLE (AP) - Seven months after major glitches in the Washington health exchange were discovered, thousands of state residents still don't have insurance they can use to go to the doctor or fill a prescription.
    
Although some problems have been resolved during the past few weeks, new issues also have come to light at Washington's answer to federal health care reform.
    
Insurance companies and the state insurance commissioner are concerned the total number of people who bought insurance through the exchange and are now having billing problems could be many more than the 6,000 customers identified by the exchange a few weeks ago.
    
Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he's giving the exchange one more month to fix the problems or he will take what action he can to help the people of Washington who want health insurance.
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