McCabe releases statement on Klickitat County health insurance coverage in 2018

On the heels of an announcement by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today that Klickitat County will have two health insurers in 2018, Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, released the following statement:

“When it was announced earlier this month that Klickitat County would be without health insurance options next year, my office immediately got to work in search of a solution. Thankfully, after discussions with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, two insurers have stepped up to the plate — Molina Health Care of Washington and BridgeSpan Health Company. This is wonderful news for the more than 1,100 people in Klickitat County who stood to lose coverage next year! I'm thankful insurers realized the devastating impact lack of coverage would have on our rural communities.

“Both carriers will offer plans inside the Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, which will make qualifying consumers eligible for premium subsidies. According to a release issued by the Office of the
Insurance Commissioner, more than 80 percent of Klickitat County residents enrolled in the Exchange receive a monthly subsidy of $369, on average.

“BridgeSpan has also agreed to offer non-Exchange plans.

“With options now available in Klickitat County in 2018, all Washington counties will be with health insurance options next year.”

In addition, residents will still be able to seek coverage through the Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP), the state's high-risk pool. However, because WSHIP is not considered a qualified exchange insurer, subsidies are not available to off-set the costs for medium-to-low-income families.

This year, only two options — one in the exchange and one in the individual market — are available in Klickitat County.

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