Agency Judge Denies BHT Request to Stop Commissioner Disapproval of Health Plans

On February 13, Judge George Finkle (Ret.), presiding officer in the Business Health Trust administrative action against the Insurance Commissioner ruled: “BHT is not entitled to a hearing or to an automatic stay under RCW 48.04.020(1). I do not grant a discretionary stay under RCW 48.04.020(2). This Order is without prejudice to BHT’s renewed Demand…

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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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Association Health Plans – Rest in Peace?

On Friday afternoon (1/23/2015), federal district court Judge Robert Lasnik denied the Business Health Trust and thirteen other participating trusts a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. The Trusts, insured by Premera, sought the TRO to prevent the Commissioner from issuing a letter like the one issued to the Moda insured trusts [see previous article].  The…

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Alphabet Soup: OIC v BHT re AHP or ACA under ERISA

Here is the first in a series of updates on the litigation between the “Business Health Trust“ (BHT) and the Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC). You can track progress on both the administrative hearing within the OIC and the federal court litigation here and here. On January 9th, Assistant Attorney General Mart U. Deleon filed an answer…

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Moda “Bona Fide” Association Plan Filing Details

Ahhh…the marketplace…pushing, shoving, spinning, clarifying, puffery and many other special words come tumbling out with bad news. For those who want to paint a happy face on the recent Washington Insurance Commissioner (OIC) disapproval of large group health plans for several associations/trusts insured through Moda, let’s sort through the options in the “No Spin Zone.” Moda…

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