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Washington state QHP pipeline shrinks

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The carriers selling private “qualified health plan” coverage through the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange collected premium payments for 86,031 enrollees by Jan. 23.

The state-based exchange has been averaging 6,500 new paid enrollments per week since Jan. 9.

Open enrollment started Oct. 1. The original application deadline for QHP coverage that started Jan. 1 was Dec. 15. The state later moved the deadline to Dec. 23.

The exchange coped with enrollment system glitches by letting consumers complete applications for Jan. 1 coverage after Dec. 23, but required them to at least start applications by then.

Paid enrollment volume started at about 2,300 from Oct. 1 through Nov. 28, then jumped to about 11,000 per week from Nov. 28 through Jan. 9.

The exchange also posts figures on the number of consumers who’ve picked QHPs but haven’t yet paid for coverage.

The number of consumers in the ready-to-pay pipeline was growing about 5,000 per week up until Nov. 28 and about 5,800 per week from Nov. 28 through Jan. 2. Growth in the number of potential enrollees in the pipeline slowed to less than 3,000 per week from Jan. 9 through Jan. 23.

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