Insurance Commissioner, State of Washington
|Mike Kreidler (D)||521,892||57.69%|
|Richard Schrock (R)||317,092||35.05%|
|Justin Murta (L)||65,642||7.26%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
Washington health insurance rates will go up an average of 13.6 percent next year, state officials said Wednesday. But the average increases for insurance bought through the state exchange under the Affordable Care Act will be less than that, and far below the national average.
The final two Spokesman-Review endorsements cover the insurance commissioner’s race and a simple housekeeping measure related to redistricting. Insurance Commissioner. When full-scale implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurred, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler was prepared. As a result, the state had one of the nation’s smoothest transitions to the new insurance market. Since then, he’s made sure insurance companies have complied with the many requirements of the federal law.
Officials with California’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan have formally applied to acquire Seattle’s Group Health Cooperative, the next step in the controversial proposal, Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said Wednesday.
The number of uninsured people in Washington state has been cut in half since health care reform took effect. But the state insurance commissioner’s office reported Wednesday there are still about 500,000 uninsured people in the state.
Consolidation to Kaiser Permanente and Group Health will be tough sell to members who prize the cooperative’s independence.
Although candidates for the 2015 election may be shoulder-to-the-wheel, nose-to-the-grindstone right now, the 2016 crop of candidates isn’t far behind.