Starting Oct. 1, 2013, Washington state residents were eligible to enroll in health-care coverage through the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange). The program gives individuals and families the ability to choose a health insurance plan that best fits their needs and their budget. The state has seen more than 55,000 enrollments during the first month.
Swedish is proudly supporting the Exchange and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in our state. We are working to inform our patients about Exchange options and to direct them to resources to access these new benefits. We are also sharing these best practices with other caregivers.
While we are collectively moving in the right direction, a transition of this scale is never seamless. That is why we strive to be a trusted resource to help our patients navigate these changes. Most recently, our patients have told us that there is confusion around which Exchange health insurance plans cover care at Swedish. As of Nov. 1, 2013, Swedish is a part of the following Exchange plans:
- Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW)
- Coordinated Care
In addition to those listed above, patients covered by Lifewise Health Plan of Washington/Premera can access care at Swedish/Edmonds campus only (other Swedish campuses are not included in the provider networks for these plans.)
Swedish is not currently contracted with BridgeSpan Health Company/Regence. We hope to expand our health insurance plan options by 2015 or sooner.
In the meantime, our provider partners (such as Polyclinic and Proliance) are helping us manage patient referrals and transition care as seamlessly as possible in cases where Swedish is not currently an “in network” option. Patients can contact the Swedish Patient Financial Advocate team at (206) 386-6996 to better understand their options.
We encourage those who have not signed up for health-care coverage to visit www.washingtonhealthplanfinder.com to access health insurance plan details and enroll today. Information and resources continue to be available at www.Swedish.org/healthreform.