The registration period for health insurance opens on Monday
The registration period open to health insurance opens today [Monday] in Washington and Idaho.
Officials in both states say consumers will enjoy a greater variety of options than in previous years.
Washington officials said 12 companies will offer health insurance through state exchange this year. Consumers in all 39 counties will have at least one plan to choose from.
In Idaho, state officials are touting two new insurers offering health policies this year and a record number of plans available through Your Health Idaho.
They say this is due, in part, to federal healthcare grants funded by the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA. These subsidies help make health insurance more affordable for more people.
Pam MacEwan, who heads the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, says people who previously purchased coverage at a minimum level are now able to get a bit more for their money.
âWe’re starting to see people coming back to selecting what we call a ‘silver blanket,’ which is a more generous, mid-range blanket. So they take the time to think about what’s going to happen next, not just to get the coverage, but what is actually going to happen when they go to the doctor, âshe said.
MacEwan recently appeared on TVW’s Inside Olympia. She says there is no guarantee that the grants that reduce your premiums will be permanent.
She says the average price of health insurance in Washington is up about four and a half percent from last year.
The registration period open in both states will run until December 15.