Washington Health Plan Finder announced Monday they are hiring more customer support representatives to take on the influx of calls from people wanting to find healthcare coverage.
Right now the Spokane-based call center is seeing long wait times - about 20 minutes to speak to a person - but that doesn't seem to be deterring many from signing up.
A new report Monday revealed 50,000 people have enrolled since October 1st. In Spokane County alone, more than 2,700 individuals are now covered by Medicaid. That's the third largest number in the state, with King County enrolling more than 6,700.
Still, Washington's Health Benefit Exchange program admits those numbers could be higher. They hope the addition of 145 new call center jobs over the next six to eight weeks cuts down on the wait time and encourages more people to sign up.