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Insurers propose 22.3 percent average rate change for 2018 health plans

| Jun 19, 2017 | Washington

Eleven health insurers filed 71 health plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual and family health insurance market, with an average proposed rate increase of 22.3 percent. No health insurer filed plans in two counties – Klickitat and Grays Harbor. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has been reaching out to insurers since...[ Read More ]

Eleven health insurers file for 2018 individual market in 37 counties, leaving two with no coverage

| Jun 9, 2017 | Washington

Eleven health insurers have filed 71 plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual health insurance market: Six insurers inside the Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder: Coordinated Care Corporation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Lifewise Health Plan of Washington, Molina Healthcare of Washington, and Premera Blue...[ Read More ]

Kreidler: House votes to take health care away from 24 million Americans

| May 4, 2017 | Washington

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. House action on repealing the Affordable Care Act The vote by congressional House Republicans to approve a revised version of the American Health Care Act clearly shows how they favor politics over meaningful health care for all...[ Read More ]

Uninsured rate in Washington state drops by half to 7.3 percent

| Feb 3, 2016 | Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The number of people without health insurance in Washington state has dropped from 14.5 percent in 2012 to an estimated 7.3 percent or 522,000 people in 2015, according to a new report issued today by Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. The report highlights the positive impact of the...[ Read More ]

WA: OIC clarifies residential mental health parity

| Aug 13, 2015

Residential mental-health services now on par with medical coverage Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has clarified to insurance companies in Washington that mental-health services must now be offered in parity with medical services. The commissioner updated rules on mental-health parity in 2014 and asked insurers to review previous mental-health claims that...[ Read More ]

National insurance watchdog finds WA meets, exceeds standards

| Jan 12, 2015 | Washington

The Washington State Office of the Insurance (OIC) has retained its accreditation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). Every five years, the NAIC conducts a rigorous, in-depth review by an outside team of experts to ensure the OIC meets or exceeds nationwide financial solvency policies and standards in...[ Read More ]