The Washington Health Benefit Exchange – res ipsa loquitur

On August 1, 2013, the Washington Office of Insurance Commissioner (OIC) announced that a total of 31 individual health plans had been approved for sale on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (HBE) for 2014. Of the nine insurance companies that submitted various plans, four companies obtained approval. None of the insurance companies new to Washington…

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Tougher Privacy Standards for Exchanges

TEASER: “We considered but declined to use the definitions for these terms provided under the HIPAA regulations because the protected health information (PHI) that triggers the HIPAA requirements is considered a subset of PII [Personally Identifiable Information], and we believe that the HIPAA definitions would not provide broad enough protections to satisfy the requirements under…

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And another one…

What a difference a day makes. I should have waited until June 1st to write my laundry list of May regulatory actions. Here are the final SHOP regulations published today, Friday, May 31st. “In the Exchange Establishment Rule, we also set forth the minimum functions of a SHOP, including that the SHOP must allow employers…

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