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Grants go out from health insurance exchange

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 5, 2013 at 11:09 am | No Comments »
June 5, 2013 11:09 am

State government chose CHOICE Regional Health Network, a nonprofit network of health-care providers, to help residents of Thurston and six other counties enroll in the state’s insurance exchange. The exchange is the marketplace created to implement President Barack Obama’s health law.

The network won $558,000 from the new Washington Health Benefit Exchange to take the lead helping people in Thurston, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Clallam and Jefferson counties 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.

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