About 150 children and parents gathered Tuesday evening at Redmond Elementary School, in Redmond, for a “family fun night” co-sponsored by the YMCA.
Between the fried-chicken dinner and the start of bingo, they also listened to a short speech from the city’s mayor about Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s online insurance marketplace, which opened for the first time earlier in the day.
Standing at a microphone in the school’s lunchroom, Mayor John Marchione raised his voice above the din to talk about opportunities to enroll in free or low-cost health insurance through the state’s new exchange.
Marchione urged parents to find out if their families qualify for coverage and premium subsidies. “The goal, for me, is to have healthy people in Redmond,” he said.
Seems that getting uninformed people onto the government rolls–not healthy people–is concern No. 1.