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The Regulatory Stew

Blink and You’ll Miss It – Washington’s New Benchmark Plan

On May 19th at 3:29 P.M., the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC) filed a notice that the OIC would be considering the adoption of a rule to select a new Essential Health Benefits “benchmark plan” for the 2017 health plan year. The public was informed in the notice that comments could be submitted to the OIC…

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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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Cambia Argues for MBA, BIAW, and NWMTA

Yikes! The number of lawyers and powerful law firms arguing for association health plan clients continue to swamp the Insurance Commissioner’s Office (OIC). Legal pleadings related to association health plans pour into Olympia at a fairly quick pace now. On May 6th, Stoel Rives, Perkins Coie, and Kutscher, Hereford, etc. filed a summary judgment motion on behalf of…

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Mangling the Meaning of Law

On April 29th, the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC) responded to the Washington Counties Insurance Fund (WCIF) challenge of the OIC’s disapproval of the WCIF 2014 health plans. Although WCIF qualifies as a bona fide association (so says the Commissioner), the rates filed with the agency violated the law as the OIC understands it by establishing…

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