Clark County residents who purchase health plans through the state-based insurance exchange will have more plans to choose from when open enrollment begins this fall.
The state insurance commissioner and the Washington Healthplanfinder board recently approved six insurers to provide 85 health plans in Clark County. The 2015 exchange included six insurers with 57 plans locally.
The 2016 exchange will include five insurers currently offering plans in Clark County — BridgeSpan Health Company (Cambia), Columbia United Providers, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, LifeWise Health Plan of Washington and Moda Health Plan. Community Health Plan of Washington will no longer have plans in Clark County. But a new insurer — UnitedHealthcare of Washington — will offer plans in all 39 counties in the state.
Statewide, 12 insurance carriers will offer 136 plans in the exchange, www.wahealthplanfinder.org. That’s up from 10 insurers selling 82 plans in the 2015 exchange. In addition, six carriers will offer eight pediatric dental plans this year.
“We’re delighted that the number of health plan options available to Washington residents has increased each year since the launch of Washington Healthplanfinder,” said Pam MacEwan, interim chief executive officer of the exchange, in a news release. “This growth is a testament to a vibrant and growing marketplace that is continuing to attract consumers and insurance carriers.”