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The Regulatory Stew

Update: Association Health Plans Withdraw Complaints

Following a still unreleased settlement between the Business Health Trusts (BHT) and the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC), BHT attorneys withdrew the remaining administrative and federal court actions challenging the OIC denial of BHT’s “bona fide” association status under ERISA. The withdraw of the administrative appeals can be found here and withdraw of the Oregon federal court…

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Federal Case Settled by BHT and OIC

In my last update on the association health plan litigation, I wondered how the Seattle federal judge might view the Business Health Trusts argument that the trusts are “bona fide” large employer association plans under ERISA. We’ll never know. Yesterday, the Seattle federal judge signed a Stipulated Order of Dismissal ending the case. The order is short on…

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End of the Road for Deconstructed AHPs?

If you thought buying and selling association health plans constituted risky business, consider how risky Moda viewed the business. Last October, Moda Health told the attorney for various associations insured by Moda that the insurer would continue to provide large group coverage to the associations only if the Department of Labor or a court found…

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Association Health Plan Litigation Update

Another month, another stack of paper. As expected, the lawyers representing association health plans (AHP) had something to say about the Insurance Commissioner’s request for a delay in providing briefs in the remaining AHP administrative law cases. For those looking for some light summer reading (relax, these are short responses), here are the reactions to…

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What the Washington Legislature Did This Year

After three special sessions, the Washington State Legislature has concluded its work. Below you will find a table of bills (literally and figuratively) adopted by the Legislature with a focus on legislation affecting health plans and health carriers. Enjoy contemplating the new policies and standards because you won’t have long to savor them before implementing rules appear. 2015…

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