AWB Challenges Insurance Commissioner

Joining the litigation fest, on January 13th, the Association of Washington Business (AWB) demanded a hearing to prevent the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC) from disapproving health plans that its insurer Premera Blue Cross had not yet even filed for review. Essentially, AWB demands a hearing just in case the OIC disapproves the AWB HealthChoice plans:…

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HHS Preempts State regulation of Association Plan Rates

“Coverage that would be regulated as small group market coverage … if it were not sold through an association is subject to rate review as small group market coverage.” With that single sentence, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services amended its recently adopted health plan rate regulations and preempted Washington State statutes and…

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Health Reform Leftovers – Washington’s Anti-trust Law

The United States Department of Justice announcement of a civil antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan rings another ancient health care reform bell in Washington, the state.  In 1993, as part of its comprehensive health care reform, Washington adopted a series of laws intended to offset the growing market power of insurers.…

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