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  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Insurers share history, business model

    Consolidation to Kaiser Permanente and Group Health will be tough sell to members who prize the cooperative’s independence.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • ‘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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • Fabricated feline generates fraud case

    OLYMPIA — A Tacoma man who asked an insurance company to reimburse him $20,000 for the loss of a cat that he said died in a car accident is facing …


  • Report backs health reform

    Washington’s top insurance officials warned last week that undoing federal health care reforms will exacerbate the financial problems tied to growing numbers of uninsured residents. More than 1 million residents …


  • State awarded $128 million for Health Benefit Exchange

    OLYMPIA – Washington will receive a financial reward for forging ahead with one element of federal health care reform this spring while many other states were holding back. The U.S. …


  • Gregoire inks health reform

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and other Democratic officials marked Friday’s second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act – which Republicans prefer to call Obamacare – with …


  • Geico refunds gap in promised savings, services

    OLYMPIA – The Geico gecko might not be so chipper about promises that a few minutes will save customers a certain amount of money. The insurance giant is refunding some …


  • Glitch at Regence leads to false billing

    OLYMPIA – The computer for the state’s largest medical insurance company malfunctioned one day last month, causing thousands of wrong transactions and sometimes pulling money from the bank accounts of …


  • Laws ready state for health plan

    OLYMPIA – Washington will stay in the forefront of federal health care reform, and could save as much as $26 billion over the next decade, with a half-dozen bills signed …


  • State regulator wants to limit health-plan rate increases

    Washington state’s top insurance regulator seeks new authority to limit health-insurance rate increases among the largest carriers and make insurance rates open to public review. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced …


  • Kreidler wants to limit health-plan rate hikes

    Washington state’s top insurance regulator seeks new authority to limit health insurance rate increases among of the largest carriers and make insurance rates open to public review.


  • Caldwell: Rate hikes pit Kreidler against insurers

    Suppose the State of Washington had a six-month financial reserve, instead of a looming $385 million overdraft. Suppose, too, that Gov. Chris Gregoire was to propose a 14 percent tax …


  • Commissioner wants insurance law fixes

    OLYMPIA – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler wants authority to limit the amount of surpluses insurance companies can amass when considering rate hike requests. He’ll ask the Legislature for the authority …


  • Insurance rate restrictions sought

    Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler wants authority to consider the amount of surpluses insurance companies are holding before approving rate hikes.

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