John S. Conniff is an attorney admitted to practice in Washington and Oregon. He attended Seattle University undergraduate and earned his law degree from Seattle University. He served as counsel to the Washington State Legislature, was Deputy Insurance Commissioner for Health care and now practices law in his own firm concentrating on health, insurance, and business matters.

Premera Joins the Fray

Last week when I wrote about associations and insurers challenging the Washington Insurance Commissioner’s (OIC) disapproval of rates for bona fide association plans, Premera was conspicuously absent. That left the Washington Counties Insurance Fund (WCIF) at risk of not even getting a hearing. Why? Because Premera had not challenged the WCIF rate disapproval. The administrative law judge…


Update: AHP winners and losers

The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has updated its lists of 2014 and 2015 association health plans approved and disapproved. The charts break out filed plans into four categories – approved; disapproved because the association is not “bona fide”; disapproved because the rates fail to conform to the new AHP rate rules; and…


Association Health Plans Challenge Insurance Commissioner

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.“ Cyril Northcote Parkinson famously developed a mathematical formula demonstrating little or no relationship between a regulatory task and the size of the staff assigned to accomplish the task. “Parkinson’s Law” has morphed into the well known adage that “work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” Parkinson’s observation about bureaucratic…