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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

There are now more Washingtonians waiting to receive health coverage through the state’s Basic Health Plan (BHP) than are actually enrolled in the program. As of today, the number of people on the wait list for the program reached 79,013, while the number of enrollees stands at 78,830.

The Basic Health Plan provides affordable health insurance coverage for low-income adults in Washington State. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 130,000 jobs have been lost in Washington since the start of the current recession, which began in December of 2007. The BHP provides a crucial backstop for Washingtonians that have lost employer-sponsored health coverage.

Though demand for BHP coverage continues to rise, monthly premiums and annual deductibles charged to enrollees are scheduled to increase sharply in January as a result of budget cuts enacted earlier this year.

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