Commissioner Requests Stay in AHP Hearings

The Washington Insurance Commissioner has filed a request for a postponement in the remaining legal challenges to the Commissioner’s denial of association health plan rates. The agency will regroup after administrative law Judge Finkle ruled that the Commissioner had no authority to demand that association health plans be rated for the association as a whole rather…

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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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Judge Rules Against Commissioner in AHP Rate Challenge

On July 1st, administrative law Judge Finkle granted summary judgment to Cambia, the Master Builders Association (MBA Trust), Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW Trust), and Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA Trust). The judge’s ruling permits an association qualifying as a bona fide employer health plan under ERISA to calculate and charge separate health plan rates…

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AHP Litigation Box Scores

Legal Actions Challenging Insurance Commissioner Disapproval of AHP Plans (06/17/2015) Plaintiff / Case Number Attorney for Plaintiff AHP Insurance Company Status Business Health Trust (AHPs) v. Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner Seattle Federal Court Judge Lasnik Case #2:14-CV-01918 Richard Birmingham,Christine Hawkins, Davis Wright Tremaine Premera Plaintiff reply to defendant in support of plaintiff motion for summary…

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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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