The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced today that more than 242,000 customers signed up for qualified health plans through Washington Healthplanfinder by the close of open enrollment on Jan. 15 – an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

“I am pleased that, despite federal efforts to sabotage healthcare, so many Washingtonians have signed up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “Washington Healthplanfinder is working well in our state and connecting individuals and families with the coverage and care they need.”

In addition to the unprecedented number of QHP selections, more than 66,000 residents signed up for dental coverage in its second year as a product offered through Washington Healthplanfinder. The number of qualified dental plan selections reflected a 12 percent increase over 2017.

“It is clear that having health insurance is important to the people of our state,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Despite any uncertainty or confusion surrounding the marketplace, more Washingtonians than ever now understand the value and peace of mind that comes with having health and dental coverage for both themselves and their families.”