SEATTLE - Officials say 8,000 Washington residents bought private health insurance through the state's new health care exchange on Monday, the last day of the open enrollment period.
A total of 146,000 have purchased insurance in Washington state through the exchange since it opened on Oct. 1.
Officials at Washington Healthplanfinder say those numbers will continue to rise, even though the open enrollment period has officially ended. People who made an effort to buy insurance but ran into problems are asked to call the customer support line to keep the process going.
In addition to the people who have bought private insurance since health care reform began, the state of Washington has added more than 400,000 to its Medicaid program. Those qualified for the free insurance did not face a Monday deadline.