More than 100,000 newly insured in Washington

SEATTLE — Officials say more than 100,000 Washington residents have signed up for private insurance since Oct. 1 through the state’s new health care exchange.

That’s an increase of about 15,000 people in the past month.

Another 82,000 people have picked a health plan through the exchange and just need to pay the premium.

And more than 406,000 Washington residents now have free or low-cost insurance through the state’s Medicaid program.

Open enrollment for private insurance goes through the end of March, but Medicaid is open year-round.

The Washington exchange has a goal of selling private insurance to 340,000 people by the end of March, according to a federal report of enrollment targets.

New TV commercials for the exchange began running last week, in an effort to push enrollment toward that goal.

More in Local News

Mukilteo crabber missing; his boat was found at Hat Island

Frank Urbick set out Thursday morning but did not return.

Police looking for leads in case of missing Snohomish man

Henry John Groeneveld, 63, was last seen on Monday, when he said something about going to “the river.”

Separate Everett fires send man to hospital, damage boat

The man was hospitalized for smoke inhalation from the early morning fire.

Police: He made an appointment, then tried to rob the bank

A lawyer is accused of donning a fake beard and telling a teller that a gunman was outside.

Drive-by shooting reported in Marysville neighborhood

Police said there was no evidence to indicate it was targeted at a specific person or property.

Celebrating the origins of Christmas

LDS church holds annual nativity festival featuring more than 600 sets.

Trooper’s car struck when he was arresting man for DUI

She drove away but was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence and hit-and-run.

Community boards are taking on school truancy

Support and follow-through, not punishment, seems to be more effective at keeping kids in school.

Inslee’s budget solves school funding with help from carbon

His budget would use reserves to boost education, then replenish them with a carbon tax or fee.

Most Read