Washington state health exchange ready to launch

September 30, 2013 • Business

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to the media about Washington state’s new health insurance exchange during a news conference in Olympia, Wash., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Consumers will be able to start purchasing plans Tuesday for insurance that will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials launching Washington state’s new health insurance exchange have said they aren’t concerned that computer glitches, bad weather or even debates in Washington, D.C., over a possible government shutdown will stop people from signing up for health insurance when the marketplace debuts on Tuesday.

“We’re not really worried about that,” said Michael Marchand, spokesman for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the Washington state programs involved in President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

They’re also not worried about being overwhelmed by consumer phone calls or Internet traffic or even political Login to read more

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