Affordable Care Act Exchange Website

October 4th, 2013

Affordable Care Act Exchange Website By Phil Castell Well, as anticipated by nearly everyone, the initial launch of the Exchange web-site was not an overwhelming success. For the first two days, the site seemed to be down more than it was up.  By Thursday and Friday things were more functional and stable but glitches were…Read More

Affordable Care Act Launch & Qualifying Income Support Levels

September 30th, 2013

Affordable Care Act Launch & Qualifying Income Support Levels   By Phil Castell Tomorrow is the start of the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!   Hopefully the official exchange website will be able to handle (what is anticipated to be) a huge volume of internet traffic from folks shopping anonymously and those ready…Read More

ACA Update – Small Businesses & Pediatric Dental

September 23rd, 2013

By Phil Castell Attention Employers: The ACA has required a form letter be given to all employees by October 1st 2013.  They have postponed the penalty employers faced for non-compliance, but it’s still a good idea to find out what your obligations are under the ACA as an employer. If you send an email to, we will…Read More

Affordable Care Act Update and Regence Rate Changes

September 16th, 2013

Affordable Care Act Update and Regence Rate Changes By John Coulson What’s happening in Washington Health Care?  I’ll bet everyone would like to know.  The fact is that it’s changing on a daily basis.  Here is what we know NOW, TODAY, SETEMBER 16, 2013.  Regence Blueshield has notified their current clients which program they will…Read More

Affordable Care Act Using Credit Reporting Agency to Confirm Identity

September 9th, 2013

-By Phil Castell Phew!  What a nail biter!  For the past few days, we have been waiting to see if the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) would approve any additional companies, and then, if the Exchange Board would certify what the OIC approved. It came close to the final wire but the…Read More

Affordable Care Act as a Soap Opera

September 3rd, 2013

Affordable Care Act as a Soap Opera -By Phil Castell So much has happened in the past week with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I feel like I am watching a soap opera unfold with dramatic twists and cliff hangers at every turn. So where did we leave off last week… Oh yes, the Health…Read More

Affordable Care Act Training Updates

August 23rd, 2013

-By Phil Castell Tuesday was an exciting day for everyone at Castell Insurance as the Washington Health Benefit Exchange held the first in in a series of meetings for insurance agents. We arrived in Tacoma bright and early and full of anticipation of all the holes in our knowledge base that we hoped would be…Read More

Affordable Care Act & Colonoscopies

August 19th, 2013

COLONOSCOPY.  The word itself sends shudders thru most people over 50.  It is recommended you get one every 10 years starting at age 50, but more frequently if family history or personal findings necessitate. I am 52 and have not had my first so I do not speak from experience, but I have been told…Read More

Affordable Care Act Seminars

August 5th, 2013

Information:  Where do we get it? Newspapers, talk radio, television, on- line? All of these are viable outlets to get your information. In the case of health care information, any and all of these, as well as the town crier, will be talking about the upcoming open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  The…Read More