- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler have reached a deal for a major fix for the billing problems plaguing the state’s answer to health care reform.

A spokeswoman for the insurance commissioner says the plan will be announced Thursday afternoon.

Under the agreement, people having technical problems with Washington Healthplanfinder may be able to bypass its payment system and pay their insurance company directly.

Details of the arrangement, which will make Washington’s payment system more like other states, have not been announced.

Spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis says the arrangement will be temporary until the next open enrollment period begins in November. People who have reported their problems to the exchange will be able to pay their next payment directly to their insurance company.



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