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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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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