Special health plan deadline near

By Marissa Harshman April 13, 2015 6 a.m.

Procrastinators beware: Only five days are left to purchase a health plan during Washington Healthplanfinder's special spring enrollment period.

Exchange signs up more than 42,000 in Clark County

By Marissa Harshman March 26, 2015 9:13 p.m.

More than 42,000 Clark County residents have enrolled in health plans through the state-based insurance exchange since the open enrollment period began in October.

Covering Cover Oregon's bills won't end with dissolution

By GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press March 1, 2015 6 a.m.

PORTLAND — A bill dissolving the independent corporation that runs Cover Oregon is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown. The agency has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on a health exchange that failed — with more millions in legal fees and other expenses still to come.

Health plan special enrollment period gives some a reprieve

By Marissa Harshman February 17, 2015 6 a.m.

Washington residents who didn't purchase a health plan before Sunday's open enrollment deadline may be in luck. Washington Healthplanfinder announced Monday a two-month special enrollment period for people who were unaware of the tax penalty for being uninsured and for those who couldn't complete the enrollment process due to technical issues.

Deadline to purchase health coverage looms

By Marissa Harshman February 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Uninsured Washington residents have less than a week to purchase health coverage through the state-based insurance exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder.

Integration effort seeks to streamline Medicaid

By Marissa Harshman January 18, 2015 6 a.m.

John Smith enrolled in Medicaid after losing his job and, with it, his employer-provided health insurance.

Medicaid rates fall for some providers

By Marissa Harshman January 16, 2015 6 a.m.

With the start of the new year comes less money for some local primary care providers seeing Medicaid clients.

Seahawks Wilson, Sherman promote health exchange

By The Associated Press January 9, 2015 10:41 a.m.

SEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman are the latest boosters for health care reform.

State health exchange 'off to a strong start'

By Marissa Harshman November 19, 2014 5:08 p.m.

Nearly 25,000 Washington residents completed applications for health plans in the first three days of open enrollment through Washington Healthplanfinder.

Health overhaul Round 2 begins

By Marissa Harshman November 14, 2014 5:52 p.m.

Open enrollment for health plans on the state-based insurance exchange begins Saturday, giving Washington residents who purchased plans last year their first opportunity to make changes to their coverage.

Navigating health plan maze to get the best coverage, price

By Marissa Harshman November 10, 2014 6 a.m.

When the state-based insurance exchange opens for business Saturday, Washington residents will have nearly twice as many health plans to choose from as they did in the 2014 exchange.

Small-business health insurance exchange expanding

By Marissa Harshman November 9, 2014 6 a.m.

The small-business health insurance marketplace offered only in Clark and Cowlitz counties in 2014 will expand to include the rest of the state in 2015, allowing businesses with 25 employees or fewer to purchase health plans and cash in on a 50 percent tax credit.

Health insurance exchange ready for second round

By Marissa Harshman November 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Open enrollment for the state-based insurance exchange is set to begin in two weeks, and officials are hoping Round 2 goes a little smoother.

Mental health services under increased pressure

By Marissa Harshman September 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Medicaid expansion spurs increased numbers of people seeking services, additional challenges for local providers

More local choices for Washington Healthplanfinder

By Marissa Harshman August 27, 2014 6:37 p.m.

Clark County residents looking to purchase health plans in the state insurance exchange will have significantly more options to choose from next year. And one of the existing providers’ choices are going to be less expensive.