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.

Update: Association Health Plans Withdraw Complaints

Following a still unreleased settlement between the Business Health Trusts (BHT) and the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC), BHT attorneys withdrew the remaining administrative and federal court actions challenging the OIC denial of BHT’s “bona fide” association status under ERISA. The withdraw of the administrative appeals can be found here and withdraw of the Oregon federal court…

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Federal Case Settled by BHT and OIC

In my last update on the association health plan litigation, I wondered how the Seattle federal judge might view the Business Health Trusts argument that the trusts are “bona fide” large employer association plans under ERISA. We’ll never know. Yesterday, the Seattle federal judge signed a Stipulated Order of Dismissal ending the case. The order is short on…

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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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