The carriers selling private "qualified health plan" coverage through the Washington Healthplanfinder exchange collected premium payments for 86,031 enrollees by Jan. 23.

The state-based exchange has been averaging 6,500 new paid enrollments per week since Jan. 9.

Open enrollment started Oct. 1. The original application deadline for QHP coverage that started Jan. 1 was Dec. 15. The state later moved the deadline to Dec. 23.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.