25,000 new enrollees sign up for healthcare through Washington State Exchange

LEWISTON, ID - We start off with news about healthcare. 101,000 people in Washington State have bought health insurance through the Washington Exchange so far during this open enrollment period.

About 76,000 renewed their policies by the Tuesday deadline for January first coverage. About 25,000 are new to the exchange and will have insurance on the first day of the new year.

Now many of the 54,000 who currently have insurance through the exchange, but haven't renewed for next year, have two possible ways to keep that insurance on January first.

For awhile, they'll be treated like people who are just late on their payments. If they pay up during the grace period and renew at that time, they won't have a gap in coverage. Some may also want to apply for an extension because they were having technical problems. This possibility works for new customers as well.