- Associated Press - Friday, May 2, 2014
Tennessee health exchange sign-ups nearly double

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The number of Tennesseans signing up under the federal health insurance exchange nearly doubled in March, the last month of open enrollment for coverage.

According to statistics released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, more than 151,000 people in Tennessee enrolled through March 31. That’s 28,000 people, or 23 percent, more than originally projected by President Barack Obama’s administration before the signup period began.

About 28 percent of enrollees are younger than 34, a demographic seen as key to sustaining the health care system.

About 80 percent qualified for federal subsidies. For those enrollees, the silver plan was the most popular, with 83 percent choosing the mid-level plan. For those who did not qualify for assistance, 42 percent chose the lowest-level bronze plan.

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Washington state sues over crowdfunding project

SEATTLE (AP) - The Washington state attorney general is suing a Tennessee company over a crowdfunding project.

The state says Edward J. Polchlopek III and his company, Altius Management of Nashville, raised more than $25,000 from contributors through the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Their stated goal was to create a deck of playing cards designed by a Serbian artist.

More than a year later, the 810 contributors have received neither the playing cards nor a refund. At least 31 were from Washington state.

Polchlopek, also known as Ed Nash, did not immediately return a phone message left at his office.

The complaint filed in King County Superior Court alleges unfair business practices and seeks up to $2,000 per violation.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a news release Thursday that the state wants to send a message that it won’t tolerate crowdfunding theft.

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