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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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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Let’s Be Careful Out There

As someone who has long opposed the Washington Insurance Commissioner’s regulatory approach to killing association health plans, I understand the anger and frustration of small employers and associations forced to abandon perfectly legal plans for the health care reform tango. BUT, it’s important to remember there’s a huge difference between opposing bad law and policy…

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How to kill an AHP – drive them mad

After a year of PowerPoint presentations and various emergency rules explaining when and how a small employer could keep existing coverage (they can’t), the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) began adopting rules explaining how insurers should develop and file association health plan rates. It’s all very exciting. Small employers still don’t know how things are going to…

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