State government chose the health department to help Pierce County residents enroll in the state’s health insurance exchange, the marketplace created to implement President Barack Obama’s health law.
The agency won $682,000 from the new Washington Health Benefit Exchange to take the lead locally to help people enroll starting Oct. 1 in new coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.
Nearly $6 million was handed out to lead organizations statewide. A news release on the program says, in part:
“This is another example of Washington State being ahead of the curve – making sure our residents have a marketplace where they can get the health insurance they need and want. This consumer support is essential to getting every Washington resident covered so they can get the health care they need,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.
Lead organizations will provide residents with impartial information to help them determine which health insurance option best fits their needs. These efforts may take place through in-person meetings, online communications and over the phone. Lead organizations will also be responsible for building and overseeing a network of partners in their region to serve Washington’s diverse populations.