SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state has certified 35 plans that will be part of the exchange developed under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange board unanimously approved the plans from seven different providers Wednesday. The state is on track to begin an open enrollment period at the beginning of October.
Residents in some small Washington counties will only have two plans to choose from in the exchange. People in larger counties will have several options available.
The board had delayed certification until Wednesday as the state insurance commissioner worked with companies to fix proposals in order to meet all requirements. Board chair Margaret Stanley says the goal was to offer as many plans to consumers as possible.