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101,000 pay for insurance with Washington exchange

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Between renewals and new customers, 101,000 Washington residents have bought health insurance through the Washington exchange so far this open enrollment period. Between renewals and new customers, 101,000 Washington residents have bought health insurance through the Washington exchange so far this open enrollment period.

Between renewals and new customers, 101,000 Washington residents have bought health insurance through the Washington exchange so far this open enrollment period.

About 76,000 renewed their policies by the Tuesday deadline for Jan. 1 coverage. About 25,000 are new to the exchange and will have insurance on Jan. 1.

Exchange spokesman Michael Marchand adds, however, those numbers are very preliminary.

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 Jan. 1.

For a while, they will 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 will not 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.

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