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The Regulatory Stew

Insurance Commissioner Responds to BHT

The Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC) stepped up its game and offered its clearest explanation yet as to why the OIC rejected the Seattle Chamber of Commerce association health plan reorganization. On June 1st, the OIC responded to the Business Health Trusts (BHT) motion for summary judgment in Seattle federal court, concluding: “Plaintiffs lack standing, and…

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AHPs go to Spokane to sue Insurance Commissioner

In 2007, a Spokane superior court judge ruled that the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) could not ignore state law exempting association health plans (AHPs) from the Washington State community rating law. Using HIPAA as an excuse, the OIC had argued that associations could not charge employer members of the AHP different rates. Instead, the Commissioner argued that an association had to…

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AHPs ask federal court for summary judgment

Attorneys for the Business Health Trust (BHT) have filed a motion for summary judgment against the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC). The Seattle federal court case has plodded on since early January when the court denied the BHT request for a temporary restraining order against the OIC. These and related federal proceedings have been covered here and here. Although…

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