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WA: Coordinated Care and Seattle Children's Quietly Reach Agreement

| Apr 25, 2014 | Washington

Coordinated Care has quietly reached an agreement with Seattle Children's hospital under which the pediatric hospital will become an in-network provider for the company's qualified health plans sold on the Washington health insurance exchange. The agreement was first reported by Seattle Times health reporter Carol Ostrom in a blog post Wednesday...[ Read More ]

Cover Oregon Board Makes Way for the Feds

| Apr 25, 2014 | Oregon

There were a lot of glum faces at the Cover Oregon board meeting today, which was "live-streamed" for the public by  Portland TV stations. In the span of about an hour, board members heard some compelling reasons that management of the Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollment in Oregon should be transferred to the...[ Read More ]

WA: Exchange Board Reflects on Milestones & Transitions

, , , | Apr 25, 2014 | Washington

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday in SeaTac.  It was an opportunity to reflect on the successful completion of the 2014 open enrollment period and to consider the challenges that lie ahead in preparing for the 2015 open enrollment period that begins this fall....[ Read More ]

WA: Premera & LifeWise Garnered 60% of QHP Sign-Ups During Open Enrollment

| Apr 23, 2014 | Washington

Premera Blue Cross and its subsidiary LifeWise Health Plan of Washington garnered approximately 60 percent of enrollment in qualified health plans (QHPs) in Washington state during the 2014 open enrollment period, according to the latest enrollment data report released this morning by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. LifeWise is the...[ Read More ]

WA: OIC Now Aims to Approve Network Rule Later This Week or Early Next Week

| Apr 22, 2014 | Washington

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is now aiming to adopt the new rule on network adequacy later this week at the earliest, according to OIC staff. The OIC has been expected to release the new rule tomorrow - barely a week before the May 1 filing deadline for...[ Read More ]

WA: In Last-Ditch Effort, Hospitals & Health Plans Urge OIC to Delay Rulemaking

| Apr 22, 2014 | Washington

Representatives of Washington hospitals and health insurance companies, among others, urged the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) to delay adoption of its proposed network-adequacy rule during testimony at a public hearing held Tuesday morning at the OIC's offices in Tumwater. The hearing was held one day before the OIC is...[ Read More ]