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WA: Premera association health plan approved, largest in state

| May 7, 2015 | Washington

Press Release OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Office of the Insurance Commissioner has approved a Premera association health plan (AHP) for the Washington Education Association (WEA). Approximately 113,000 people are enrolled in the WEA’s association health plan making it the largest in the state with over 22 percent of the AHP...[ Read More ]

Washington to lead multi-state investigation of Premera hack

| Mar 24, 2015 | Alaska, Oregon, Washington

Press Release OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced the launch of a multi-state market conduct examination of Washington-based Premera Blue Cross (Premera) today. Kreidler announced the exam following Premera’s disclosure last week that a cyberattack exposed 11 million customers – 6 million in Washington – to unauthorized access...[ Read More ]

Kreidler: Washington uninsured rate drops nearly 40%

| Mar 23, 2015 | Washington

Washington uninsured drops nearly 40% Press Release OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington uninsured population has dropped nearly 40 percent from 970,000 or 14 percent at the end of 2013 to 600,000 or 8.65 percent at the end of 2014. “Health reform has clearly succeeded in Washington state,” said Insurance Commissioner...[ Read More ]

WA: Kreidler on King v. Burwell "SCOTUS should reject another challenge to ACA"

| Mar 2, 2015 | Washington

This following statement is from Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler: "Longtime opponents of the Affordable Care Act will get another day before the Supreme Court on March 4. The latest challenge centers on a single sentence in the law regarding the financial subsidies that help millions of Americans afford...[ Read More ]

First association health plan approved

| Oct 29, 2014 | Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Office of the Insurance Commissioner has approved UnitedHealthcare of Washington, Inc.’s 2014 association health plan for Associated General Contractors of Washington. This is the first approval for the more than 60 association health plans currently under review for compliance with new federal regulations. Association health plans...[ Read More ]

WAOIC Kreidler to Health Insurers: "End Discrimination Based on Gender Identity"

| Jun 26, 2014 | Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is asking all health insurers doing business in Washington state to end discrimination in health insurance based on gender identity and related medical conditions. In a letter sent to health insurers this morning, Kreidler reminded health insurers that exclusions and denials of coverage...[ Read More ]