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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Association Plan Redux – Bona Fide Grandfathers

Six months before the health reform cuckoo clock strikes, the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has changed agency policy which required associations to prove its ERISA “bona fide” status and which rejected grandfather status for employers insured through associations. I say to those bitter folks clinging to their guns and their religion, better…

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