Many Washingtonians will face uncertainties regarding health care coverage when the public health emergency (PHE) ends, and state officials are working to address those concerns.     Health officials discussed those efforts during a Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee meeting Wednesday. The PHE was extended through Oct. 13th last week. But officials need … Read more

Colorado became the first state in the country to have a state-designed health care insurance option for its residents approved by CMS last Thursday. Approval of the Colorado Option through the federal 1332 waiver now means the state can proceed with rate setting for its standardized health insurance plan, which is mandated to be sold … Read more

CMS approved Colorado’s 1332 waiver amendment request relating to the Colorado Option on Thursday, granting the state the financial flexibility to implement the premium rate reductions required by the initiative.     Available to all Coloradans starting next year, the public health benefit plan is designed to make health insurance more affordable and reduce health … Read more

According to a new report, medical inflation may force health providers in Colorado to cut services and pass on rising costs of the Colorado Option to insured consumers.     Data released by the Common Sense Institute, a conservative think tank in Colorado, showed medical inflation has risen to 7.62% in Metro Denver, which is … Read more

Fourteen health insurers filed an average requested rate increase of 7.16% for Washington’s individual health insurance market. The plans and proposed rates are currently under review and final decisions will be made this fall.   “More than 200,000 people in Washington State get their health coverage through our individual market,” Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said. “It’s … Read more

Though we are still a ways out, we’re excited to announce that we’ve already begun planning for the 2022 Inland Northwest State of Reform Health Policy Conference! After hosting this conference virtually for the last two years, we’re very much looking forward to hosting this event in person on September 8th at the Spokane Convention Center. You’ll … Read more

The number of ACA marketplace enrollees grew by 550,000, or 42%, to 1.8 million people in 2021. According to recent CMS open enrollment data, Texas has witnessed the fastest growth since 2019 and the largest percentage increase last year in the country.     Overall, 94% of enrollees received financial assistance to lower premiums, paying … Read more

Washington State officials are seeking the federal government’s approval for a waiver that would expand health care coverage to residents regardless of their immigration status.     The Washington Benefit Exchange (Exchange) submitted a Section 1332 waiver to the federal government on May 13th. If approved, the waiver will provide access to federally non-subsidized health … Read more

Cathy O’Neil and her firm will support the DOI’s implementation of a law that restricts the use of consumer data by insurers. Last summer, Governor Polis signed Senate Bill (SB) 21-169 – Restrict Insurers’ Use of External Consumer Data – into law, which protects Colorado consumers from insurance practices that result in unfair discrimination on … Read more

Senate Bill 944 moved out of the Senate Health Committee on March 23, following its hearing, with a 9-2 vote.     The bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Pan (D–Sacramento), would require Covered California to eliminate deductibles for all benefits and substantially reduce cost sharing, including copays, coinsurance, and maximum out-of-pocket costs. Pan said the … Read more