Association Health Plans – Rest in Peace?

On Friday afternoon (1/23/2015), federal district court Judge Robert Lasnik denied the Business Health Trust and thirteen other participating trusts a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. The Trusts, insured by Premera, sought the TRO to prevent the Commissioner from issuing a letter like the one issued to the Moda insured trusts [see previous article].  The…

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Alphabet Soup: OIC v BHT re AHP or ACA under ERISA

Here is the first in a series of updates on the litigation between the “Business Health Trust“ (BHT) and the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC). You can track progress on both the administrative hearing within the OIC and the federal court litigation here and here. On January 9th, Assistant Attorney General Mart U. Deleon filed an answer…

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Premera Insured Association Plans Sue Washington Insurance Commissioner

Well, things just got more interesting in the Wally World of health care reform. Unlike Moda whose association health plans were disapproved by the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC) last month, a group of associations insured through Premera filed suit against Commissioner Kreidler before he could disapprove their large group plans. I reviewed these Premera filings here in September….

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Moda “Bona Fide” Association Plan Filing Details

Ahhh…the marketplace…pushing, shoving, spinning, clarifying, puffery and many other special words come tumbling out with bad news. For those who want to paint a happy face on the recent Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC) disapproval of large group health plans for several associations/trusts insured through Moda, let’s sort through the options in the “No Spin Zone.” Moda…

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