Washington Launches Health Exchange for Businesses

Washington Health Exchange Extends Enrollment

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington small businesses that want to offer health insurance to their employees can use a new marketplace just opened in the state.

More than 20 health plans are available through the business arm of Washington Healthplanfinder. Small businesses can get a tax credit of up to 50 percent on the premiums they pay for their employees who get insurance through the marketplace.

Plans are offered by two insurance companies: Kaiser Health Plan and Moda Health.

Employers are allowed to go online and choose the insurance themselves or work through an insurance agent or broker.

Enrollment for small employers is open year-round. Businesses that sign up and pay by Dec. 15 will get coverage beginning Jan. 1.

Open enrollment for the individual insurance marketplace, for people who buy health insurance for themselves, begins Nov. 15.