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Benchmark health insurance plan provides historic care to the LGBTQA+ community

| Jan 20, 2022 | Colorado

In October 2021, Colorado became the first state in the country to explicitly include comprehensive gender-affirming care services into its 2023 minimum health coverage benchmark health insurance plan.  The plan incorporates expanded behavioral health coverage for those with gender dysphoria, hormone therapies, and “exhaustive” surgical interventions, according to Cara Cheevers,...[ Read More ]

Treatment for out-of-network, complex COVID costs over $355K in Florida

| Oct 21, 2021 | Florida

Data out of FAIR Health shows Florida with some of the highest costs for complex COVID-19 treatment and hospitalizations in the country. The data, which was released as part of FAIR Health’s “States by the Numbers” series, evaluates both out-of-network and in-network charges for inpatient and outpatient COVID care. Using...[ Read More ]

Judge overturns credit scoring emergency rule

| Oct 12, 2021 | Washington

In a Friday ruling, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Mary Sue Wilson struck down Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s emergency rule temporarily banning insurance companies from using credit scores to determine premiums.  During the 2021 legislative session, Kreidler advocated for a bill that would ban insurer’s from using credit...[ Read More ]

Colorado’s standardized health benefit plan (HB21-1232)

| Aug 2, 2021 | Colorado

Elected officials in Colorado have made their state the third to adopt legislation mandating tightly-regulated health insurance offerings. As was the case in Washington and Nevada, the push came from advocates of a “public option,” although the final bill (HB21-1232) leverages private coverage, not public insurance. None of the three...[ Read More ]

5 Things Oregon: Q&A w/Rep. Prusak, Registration now open, Preliminary rate decisions

| Jul 15, 2021 | Oregon

While DJ is out trying to get in a well-deserved vacation, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care and health policy in Oregon and a number of other states....[ Read More ]

DCBS releases preliminary 2022 rate decisions

| Jul 1, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) this week released the state’s preliminary 2022 rate decisions for individual and small employer health insurance plans. In the individual market, six insurers filed an average 1.8% rate increase. These range from a 4.9% rate increase proposed by Regence BlueCross BlueShield...[ Read More ]