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Kreidler orders Washington health insurers to waive deductibles and copays for coronavirus testing

| Mar 5, 2020 | Washington

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued an emergency order to Washington state health insurers requiring them to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing ( for coronavirus (COVID-19).     Insurers also must: Allow a one-time early refill for prescription drugs. Suspend any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19. In...[ Read More ]

Insurance Commissioner releases 2020 legislative priorities

| Aug 23, 2019 | Washington

On Friday, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler released his 2020 Legislative Priorities: Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) separate account The Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) was created by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) in 2006 to investigate criminal insurance fraud in Washington state and keep insurance costs low for all lines of...[ Read More ]

Gov. Inslee signs surprise billing legislation

| May 21, 2019 | Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s request legislation to end surprise medical billing, enacting arguably the strongest law in the country to protect consumers from this unfair practice.     The new law ( protects consumers from getting a surprise bill when they get either emergency services at an...[ Read More ]

Kreidler's bill to protect consumers from surprise billing passes Senate

| Apr 11, 2019 | Washington

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s proposal to end the harmful practice of surprise medical billing passed the Senate [on Wednesday] on a vote of 47 to 0. It now goes back to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote before heading to the governor’s desk.     Second Substitute House...[ Read More ]