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Kreidler, Cody, and Cleveland call on Congress to revive federal reinsurance program

Emily Boerger | May 5, 2020 | Washington

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler sent a letter to the state’s federal delegation last month calling on Congress to reinstate the federal reinsurance program. In the letter, Kreidler says that while he has recommended reinstating the program since 2017, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has made supporting the...[ Read More ]

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 (www.doh.wa.gov) 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 ]

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 (www.leg.wa.gov) protects consumers from getting a surprise bill when they get either emergency services at an...[ Read More ]

Insurance Commissioner Kreidler's statement on ACA lawsuit's threat to pre-existing conditions coverage

Emily Boerger | Sep 5, 2018 | Washington

Oral arguments begin Wednesday in the Texas v. the United States lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The lawsuit, which is led by 20 attorneys general and governors, argues that the repeal of the tax penalty for not having insurance renders the entire ACA unconstitutional. In response,...[ Read More ]

Health insurers propose 19 percent average rate increase for Washington's individual market

| Jun 4, 2018 | Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Eleven health insurers filed 74 health plans for Washington state’s 2019 individual and family health insurance market, with an average proposed rate increase of 19.08 percent. There are no bare counties, although 14 counties will have only one insurer selling through Washington’s Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. “I’m relieved to see lower...[ Read More ]

Eleven health insurers file for 2019 individual market: No bare counties

| May 25, 2018 | Washington

OLYMPIA – Eleven health insurers filed 88 health plans for Washington state’s individual market yesterday, and all 39 counties will be covered in 2019. Proposed 2019 individual health insurers by county. The proposed rate changes are not public until 10 days after the OIC has determined the filings are complete....[ Read More ]