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Medicaid applicants not affected by Obamacare deadline

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Medicaid applicants not affected by Obamacare deadline

KGMI News Reporting
By Tracy Ellis

OLYMPIA, Wash. – This week’s Obamacare deadline has nothing to do with Medicaid applications.

The state is reminding people that Medicaid applications can be submitted at any time.

The state Health Care Authority says new applicants for Medicaid do not face enrollment deadlines like those buying insurance through the state’s new health exchange.

Medicaid coverage is typically effective immediately on the day of application.

People looking to buy health insurance through the Washington state exchange faced a Tuesday deadline to start the application process.

Applicants must finish the process and pay the first monthly premium by January 15 in order to ensure coverage starting in January.