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AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Murray Releases Web Video Ahead of WA Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Deadline

Mar 19 2014

Murray urges Washington residents to enroll ahead of March 31st deadline, shares success stories from constituents who have benefited from exchange



As we approach the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on March 23, today U.S. Senator Patty Murray released a web video, highlighting success stories from her constituents who have benefitted from enrolling in Washington state’s health insurance marketplace, “Washington Healthplanfinder.” With almost 470,000 and counting Washingtonians already enrolled, Murray urges those who have not yet been to Washington Healthplanfinder to visit the site, or call 855-WAFINDER, and sign up before the March 31st deadline.

“I’d like to speak today about some people in my home state of Washington whose lives have been changed by the Affordable Care Act, people whose stories have been pretty much ignored here in Washington D.C,” Senator Murray says in the video.  “I’ll start with the story of Susan Wellman, she lives in Bellingham, WA.  She is self-employed. She has had to pay for individual insurance, and every year she has watched her health care costs rise higher and higher and higher. Now Susan is on a plan that costs her $125 a month, instead of $300-- and it has a plan that has a $2000 deductible, not an $8000 deductible. And she says it actually pays for things. She can now afford to go to a doctor—not just in case of an emergency-- but for a physical or a mammogram that could save her life, not to mention thousands and thousands of dollars in health care costs.”

Full text of the video below:

From Seattle to Spokane, Chehalis to Colville, Washingtonians are accessing affordable, quality health insurance through Washington’s state exchange WAHealthPlanFinder.

“I’d like to speak today about some people in my home state of Washington whose lives have been changed by the Affordable Care Act, people whose stories have been pretty much ignored here in Washington D.C…

“I’ll start with the story of Susan Wellman, she lives in Bellingham, WA.  She is self-employed. She has had to pay for individual insurance, and every year she has watched her health care costs rise higher and higher and higher. 

“Now Susan is on a plan that costs her $125 a month, instead of $300-- and it has a plan that has a $2000 deductible, not an $8000 deductible.

“And she says it actually pays for things. 

“She can now afford to go to a doctor—not just in case of an emergency-- but for a physical or a mammogram that could save her life, not to mention thousands and thousands of dollars in health care costs.

“I’d like to talk about a couple in Bellingham, Washington, named Rod Burton and Sarah Hill.

“Rod is one of millions of Americans who have had the utterly maddening experience of being denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition. 

“That changed for him with the Affordable Care Act.

“Despite his heart defect, Rod was able to get a plan that covers him and his wife, and they found out they were eligible for tax credits to help pay for it.

“So today both Rod and Sarah are covered through a silver plan with lower premiums than the plan that only covered Rod if the worst happened.”

These are just two of the over 450,000 and counting Washingtonians who have enrolled using Washington Healthplanfinder, and 4 million people across the country with the new ACA Exchanges that will get covered.

Monday, March 31st is the final day for open enrollment. Don’t wait until the last minute to sign up.  Visit www.WAHealthPlanFinder.Org or call 855-WAFINDER.