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WA: OIC Oversight Bill Passes Legislature, Goes to Governor

Amy Snow Landa | Mar 12, 2014 | Washington

WA: Premera Blue Cross Takes Hits in the Press for Its Lobbying

| Mar 7, 2014 | Washington

It's been a tough week on the public-relations front for Premera Blue Cross. Here's a recap: The pummeling in the press started soon after Senate Health Care Committee Chairwoman Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, stripped the healthcare database requirement from a widely-supported healthcare purchasing bill during a hearing on Thursday of last week.  The bill had already...[ Read More ]

Seattle Times Editorial: Premera Shrouds Transparency

| Mar 7, 2014 | Washington

  Legislation to give patients, providers, hospitals and purchasers basic consumer information on health-care costs was snuffed by Premera. Editorial  Why would the Washington state Senate oppose robust capitalism empowered by a vigorous, well-informed marketplace? Amendments to E2SHB 2572 in the Senate Health Care Committee eviscerated legislation sought by patients,...[ Read More ]

WA: Little Support Voiced for Sen. Becker’s Bill to Scrap OIC

| Feb 5, 2014 | Washington

The Senate Health Care Committee held its first hearing this week on a bill sponsored by its chair, Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, which would eliminate the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC), an elected position, and replace it with a board of political appointees and a director appointed by the...[ Read More ]

WA: Last Day of [First] Special Session

Erin Thurston | Jun 11, 2013 | Washington

Today marks the last day of special session in Olympia. State legislators have until midnight to come to agreement and pass the budget. Will that happen? All signs point to no. That means tomorrow will be the first day of the second special session. With the end of the fiscal...[ Read More ]