Washington is the state with the 4th most signups for health care via exchanges. Looking at the list, I think it’s in terms of raw numbers, so extra bully on us as a medium sized state.
More than 175,000 Washington residents have signed up through the state exchange to date, according to data on wahealthplanfinder.org. Many are newly eligible for Medicaid when the public health program expands in January.
More than 18,000 residents have signed up for qualified health plans that are sold through the exchange, and another 43,000 have filled out applications, but have yet to make payments.
Obviously, it’s a bit silly to make a state-by-state comparison. Some states will have more people who need the exchanges and some will have less. And unless you divide by population, it’s not that useful of a metric. Still, it shows that a governor and a legislature committed to making the exchanges work can make the exchanges work. Imagine that.