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WA Consumers with Exchange Woes Can Pay Their Health Insurer Directly

| Aug 8, 2014 | Washington

Any consumer experiencing payment issues with their health care coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder has the option to pay their health insurer directly. Additional steps they should take are outlined below. “We want consumers to know they have several options to pay their premiums and have the certainty they deserve that...[ 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 ]

OIC Allegations Ignite Judicial Independence Work Session

| Jun 12, 2014 | Washington

In response to the allegations of OIC ex parte communication with the agency’s chief administrative law judge, state legislators will hear three different draft bills with varying approaches to support judicial independence. The Senate Law and Justice Committee has added this topic to its agenda for the work session scheduled...[ Read More ]

WAOIC: 17 Health Insurers Filed More than 230 Health Plans for 2015 – Average Proposed Rate Change 8 Percent

David Peters | May 13, 2014 | Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 13, 2014 Media contact: Public Affairs (360) 725-7055 Seventeen health insurers filed more than 230 health plans for 2015 – average proposed rate change 8 percent OLYMPIA, Wash. – Seventeen health insurers have filed more than 230 individual health plans for 2015 both inside and...[ 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: How the OIC Network Adequacy Rule Could Hit Rural Delivery Networks

| Mar 25, 2014 | Washington

The new draft OIC network adequacy rule contains a couple of elements that could have devastating effects on the delivery system in rural communities.  I outlined the broader rule here. Here are two subtleties found in the rule which could be dramatic.  Stick with me as a I reason through these....[ Read More ]