Stories tagged: Mike Kreidler
Mon., June 19, 2017, 6:53 p.m.
1 Washington county still without individual medical insurance plans for 2018
One Washington county still is without a company willing to sell individual health insurance plans.
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 10:15 a.m.
Health insurers request 22 percent premium increases in Washington for 2018
Insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler said uncertainly over the future of the Affordable Care Act is likely contributing to higher rate increases.
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
Two health insurance companies pull out of Washington individual market
Two health insurance companies will stop offering plans to individual customers next year in Washington.
UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:17 p.m.
Washington leaders react to House vote on health care
With only four votes to spare, the House of Representatives passed a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare with changes that supporters say would return health care decisions to patients …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:37 p.m.
Washington insurance commissioner calls GOP plan to replace Obamacare ‘a step backward for millions’
Healthcare providers, state regulators and insurance companies were busy Tuesday analyzing the GOP plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 10:35 p.m.
Feds accuse leader of Spokane’s Associated Industries of bilking $3 million from trust fund
Federal regulators accuse a pair of Spokane business leaders of secretly transferring $3 million from a trust fund set up to lower health insurance costs for 800 local businesses to …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017
Spin Control: ‘Alternative facts’ abound in Washington political debates
Accusing someone of “alternative facts” seems to be just a slightly nicer way of calling them a liar.
Thu., Jan. 5, 2017, 5 a.m.
Loss of Obamacare could affect 750,000 Washington residents
Washington has about 750,000 residents who get health insurance because of Obamacare. How Congress repeals or revises the system would affect them, the health care system and the state’s economy.
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 6:23 p.m.
Inslee to McMorris Rodgers: Don’t repeal Obamacare
Gov Jay Inslee asks Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to back away from plans to repeal Obamacare.
Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 10:22 a.m.
Washington health insurance premiums have smaller increases than plans in Idaho or through federal exchange
Health insurance premiums through Washington’s state exchange see smaller average increase than in Idaho or through the federal exchange.
Tue., Oct. 25, 2016
Kreidler earns support; yes on SJR 8210
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 …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 9:06 a.m.
Obamacare remains an issue in race for Washington’s Insurance Commissioner
Four-term incumbent Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler faces a challenge from Republican Richard Schrock.
Mon., May 16, 2016, 11:34 a.m.
Health insurance companies seek double-digit rate hikes in Washington
Health insurance companies that sell individual policies in Washington want to increase their rates by an average of 13.5 percent in 2017, the state insurance commissioner’s office said Monday.
Thu., March 3, 2016, 7:41 a.m.
Kaiser submits formal bid to acquire Group Health
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 …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 10:06 a.m.
Number of uninsured in Washington cut in half
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 …
Fri., Dec. 11, 2015
Insurers share history, business model
Consolidation to Kaiser Permanente and Group Health will be tough sell to members who prize the cooperative’s independence.
Wed., March 25, 2015
Washington officials leading Premera cyberattack investigation
OLYMPIA – Washington insurance officials will lead a multistate investigation into how computer hackers were able to breach the security of the state’s largest health insurance company and whether Premera …
Wed., March 18, 2015
Premera cyberattack affects 11 million customers
Hackers pierced the cybersecurity of Washington’s biggest health insurer last spring and got a peek at data for an estimated 11 million customers, but the company didn’t discover the breach …
Tue., Aug. 26, 2014
Fixes for insurance exchange have cost
OLYMPIA – Washington residents struggling with the insurance plans purchased through the state’s exchange will be able to sign up for new plans through November because problems have been so …
Tue., July 29, 2014
Health care exchange glitches a mystery, official says
OLYMPIA – Thousands of customers of Washington’s health care exchange have problems with the new medical insurance they’ve purchased this year, problems the state agency hopes to have fixed by …
Tue., June 17, 2014
Gag order limits hearing on Insurance Commission
OLYMPIA – A legislative session billed as a chance to air charges of undue influence in the insurance commissioner’s office was something less than advertised Monday. Patricia Peterson, the agency’s …
Fri., June 6, 2014
State officials: Companies offering health benefits must cover same-sex spouses
OLYMPIA – Businesses that offer health coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also offer it to same-sex spouses, state officials said Thursday. Insurance plans must offer equal coverage to all spouses. …
Wed., April 23, 2014
Washington state finalizing health insurance plan rules
OLYMPIA – Washington state will soon adopt new rules for next year’s medical insurance plans that some believe will improve patient coverage, but others contend will create significant problems for …
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014
‘Bette in Spokane,’ cited in McMorris Rodgers’ speech, declined health insurance options
The woman described only as “Bette in Spokane” during a nationally televised address by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Wednesday she had no idea her frustrations over increasing insurance …
Fri., Nov. 15, 2013
Obama’s health care proposal refused by Washington insurance commissioner
Washington’s top insurance official is rejecting President Barack Obama’s proposal that would allow insurance companies to extend expiring plans another year. “I do not believe his proposal is a good …
Sat., Aug. 31, 2013
Two more insurance companies approved for exchange
Two more health insurance companies won approval Friday from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to sell policies on the Washington state Health Plan Finder. Required by the federal Affordable Care …
Fri., Aug. 30, 2013, 12:45 p.m.
2 more health insurers get preliminary OK for WA
Two more health insurance companies won approval Friday from state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, to sell policies on the Washington state Health Plan Finder. Required by the federal Affordable Care …
Thu., Aug. 22, 2013
Health exchange board vote delayed pending appeal
OLYMPIA – The board for the state health exchange delayed a vote Wednesday on approval of 31 plans proposed to be part of the system while some companies that were …
Thu., Dec. 20, 2012
Voter backlash lingers for supporters of weapons ban
As President Barack Obama set up a task force to recommend ways to prevent tragedies like the mass murders in Newtown, Conn., a progressive group in Washington joined the call …
Fri., Aug. 24, 2012
Hole-in-one insurer has state teed off
OLYMPIA – The state insurance regulator is going after a company that claims to offer insurance against a hole-in-one prize but refused to pay off when a golfer shot one. …