The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is gearing up for its sophomore season, with open enrollment starting Nov. 15.
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner has approved 10 insurance companies to sell 90 individual health plans through the exchange for 2015. Of those, six carriers will offer a combined 67 plans in Kitsap County:
You can see a statewide breakdown of carriers and plans here.
Some notes on the exchange offerings for Kitsap:
- Moda Health is the only new carrier for Kitsap this year. In addition to five individual plans, Moda will be the only carrier offering small business plans in Kitsap.
- BridgeSpan is affiliated with Regence BlueShield. Regence dropped Harrison Medical Center from its provider networks following a contract standoff this summer. That means Harrison facilities and Harrison HealthPartners physicians aren’t in-network for Bridgespan, and Bridgespan customers will pay more out-of-pocket for Harrison services. BridgeSpan is the only carrier offering Platinum (lowest copay) plans in Kitsap.
About 5,000 Kitsap residents signed up for coverage through the state exchange this year, while 13,000 were covered by Medicaid for the first time.