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Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:16 PM

How WA state is signing people up for the ACA -- more than 60K so far.

And this is even though the state at first had the typical glitches other states have had with their online websites.

http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022085062_healthinsurancebellevuexml.html

On Saturday, as she was shopping at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores at the mall, she stumbled upon a health-insurance outreach program by Public Health ó Seattle & King County. The department hosted the event to help people obtain coverage through the stateís new exchange, created for the Affordable Care Act.

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The outreach program is the third of four big events hosted by the department. While most people will sign up through the Washington Healthplanfinder website, many need help because they donít have online access or are confused about the options.

More than 170 people showed up Saturday, though not all were eligible for coverage. The department had 18 assisters to guide people through the process of enrolling for coverage. Because Crossroads is in a polyglot community, there were translators who could help in 11 languages, including Punjabi, Mandarin, Spanish and Russian.

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Outreach programs such as the one at Crossroads have helped make Washington state one of the fastest at enrolling residents into health-insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. The department said more than 60,000 people have signed up for insurance through Washington Healthplanfinder since its debut at the beginning of the month.



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Reply How WA state is signing people up for the ACA -- more than 60K so far. (Original post)
pnwmom Oct 2013 OP
grantcart Oct 2013 #1
johnnyrak88 Oct 2013 #2
pnwmom Oct 2013 #4
Tigress DEM Oct 2013 #7
gopiscrap Oct 2013 #9
nolabear Oct 2013 #3
pnwmom Oct 2013 #5
libdem4life Oct 2013 #6
Tigress DEM Oct 2013 #8
libdem4life Oct 2013 #10
Tigress DEM Oct 2013 #11
libdem4life Oct 2013 #12
Tigress DEM Oct 2013 #13
libdem4life Oct 2013 #15
Tigress DEM Oct 2013 #16
libdem4life Oct 2013 #17
ffr Oct 2013 #14
New Orleans Strong Oct 2013 #18
freshwest Oct 2013 #19

Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:18 PM

1. great news

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:19 PM

2. awesome! I think Wa and Ca have the best systems.

 

I was signed up in Ca in about 5 minutes

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Response to johnnyrak88 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:22 PM

4. Welcome to DU, johnnyrak88! n/t

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Response to johnnyrak88 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:35 PM

7. Yeah, WELCOME to DU!!

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Response to johnnyrak88 (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:40 PM

9. welcome to DU

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:22 PM

3. Crazy! I know Crossroads well and had no idea.

Washington is very good at getting things done without a huge amount of drama.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #3)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:22 PM

5. Crossroads is a great place. n/t

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:28 PM

6. It's working, just as the Repubs feared. The Blue states will help the Red states figure it out.

It's not rocket science...just a massive website roll out needing repair. I think for good insurance, the people...not the pundits...will stick around until it's fixed. It's not going anywhere and there is still plenty of time.

My next worry is how will the healthcare industry professionals...doctor's offices, hospitals, clinics... handle this influx of new patients. I'm sure there will be a new round of criticism. Every other civilized nation has handled it, no reason to think the US can't.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:37 PM

8. Kentucky has a DEM Gov and he set some big time assistance up too.

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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:42 PM

10. Kasich, too, a Republican, right out of the gate.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20131020/NEWS010801/310200037/Ohio-Medicaid-expansion-verdict-draws-near

People before party in the case of these Republicans, that's for sure.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 10:52 PM

11. It could help some of them get re-elected even if the Tea Party won't give them money.

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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:01 PM

12. What seems to be happening is that the big money ... Chamber of Commerce, Koch, et al

are not donating to the radicals but are backing moderates.

In a way, Cruz highlighted the radical politics of that group and I believe that his free advertising campaign and obvious oversized ego may have brought big money to an earlier decision. They are not ideologues at the core, like the rank and file Tea Party. Some buyer's remorse there, perhaps, but even Jeb Bush came out today in an interview and reprimanded Cruz, as are other Moderates like John McCain and Peter King. His perceived leadership of the Senate and the House Republicans was short-lived.

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #12)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:05 PM

13. Rats will scurry from a sinking ship pretty quickly.

Buying congress critters is expensive. Covering up boobish mistakes more so.
Having to buy elections is really expensive.

SO they are just trying to get bigger bang for their campaign finance dollars and returning to the tried and true once bought, stays bought brand of rethug.

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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:10 PM

15. That about explains it. Thank goodness the ship started to sink !!

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Response to libdem4life (Reply #15)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:12 PM

16. Ha! We sunk their battle ship. We said NO and it wouldn't GO. nt

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Response to Tigress DEM (Reply #16)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:14 PM

17. Love it...good to get some wins for a change!

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Sun Oct 20, 2013, 11:06 PM

14. Not from WA state, but I'll be one to sign up soon.

Still shopping it, b/c it doesn't matter whether I sign up today or by February. I'm already covered under another plan.

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2013, 12:36 AM

18. Rocket Surgery!!!`

Rocket surgery... Sigh -

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Response to pnwmom (Original post)

Mon Oct 21, 2013, 01:43 AM

19. Thanks for the story with the link, as I've not been able to find anything that fits my situation.

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