The Washington state individual health insurance market could offer more public exchange options than traditional market options next year.

Officials at the Washington state insurance commissioner's office say 12 insurers have applied to sell individual coverage through the Washington Health Planfinder exchange next year, and 10 have applied to sell coverage outside the exchange.

This year, eight carriers are selling individual policies through the exchange and nine outside the exchange.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. 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 through X at @Think_Allison.