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5 Things Washington: ACA ruling, Early Bird Registration, Proposed rate increases

| Jun 10, 2021 | Washington

One of the most important members of our team at State of Reform is Emily Boerger. She helps write our 5 Things and is a member of our executive team here at State of Reform. She is also now our first ever Managing Editor, taking on even more leadership for...[ Read More ]

OIC calls for ban on using credit scores to determine insurance premiums

Emily Boerger | Jan 22, 2021 | Washington

Washington’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has requested legislation this year to ban the use of credit scores by the insurance industry to set premiums for homeowner, auto, renter, and boat insurance. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has requested a credit score ban twice – once in 2001 and again...[ Read More ]

Prior authorization bill goes to Ways & Means

Madeline Shannon | Feb 7, 2020 | Washington

Substitute Senate Bill 6404 passed in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee this week and was referred to the Ways & Means Committee, sending the legislation along before the Feb. 11 cutoff for bills passing through fiscal committees this legislative session. The bill increases transparency on prior authorization, which...[ Read More ]

OIC urges state supreme court to hear graduated income tax case

Madeline Shannon | Jan 29, 2020 | Washington

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner is listed on a motion and amicus memorandum in the Washington State Supreme Court Jan. 17 in support of the court hearing the case of Kunath vs. the City of Seattle.      In the motion, the OIC urges the state supreme court to...[ Read More ]

Kreidler’s reinsurance and surprise billing proposals fail to pass this session

| Mar 9, 2018 | Washington

Two proposed bills from Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler that sought to help consumers with medical costs failed to pass the Washington state Legislature this year. Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2114 would have prevented people with insurance coverage from receiving a surprise medical or ‘balance’ bill when they went to an in-network...[ Read More ]

Office of the Insurance Commissioner's plan for 2019 Market Stabilization

Emily Boerger | Nov 9, 2017 | Washington

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) and the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (WHBE) hosted a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday to discuss possible market stabilization initiatives for the 2019 insurance market. During the meeting, the OIC gave an update on the status of the 2018 market, discussed their recently released...[ Read More ]