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Learning more about newly insured in Wash. state

Learning more about newly insured in Wash. state

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SEATTLE, Wash. – The state is starting to learn more about the people signing up for health insurance through Washington’s new exchange.

Since the exchange opened in October, most of the newly insured signed up as individuals.

Nearly 80 percent of those buying private insurance earn less than $35,000 a year for an individual or $70,000 for a family of four.

People are signing up for health insurance in every county, with most enrollments in the counties with the most people.

More women than men are buying insurance or enrolling in free health coverage through Medicaid.

Shoppers are spread across the age bands, but more than half of enrollees are between 45 and 64.

The majority of shoppers chose a plan from Premera Blue Cross or its LifeWise Health Plan subsidiary.

Premera and LifeWise is the only company selling insurance in all 39 counties.

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