Stories tagged: Premera
Thu., Dec. 22, 2016, 6 a.m.
Want health coverage on New Year’s Day? Sign up before Christmas Eve.
Washington residents who want to sign up for medical or dental insurance through the state’s health benefit exchange have until one minute before midnight Friday for coverage that starts Jan. …
Sun., Nov. 27, 2016, 5:45 a.m.
‘Strike team’ one strategy as insurers grapple with rapidly rising drug costs
The shocking 400 percent increase in the price of EpiPens was a widely reported example, but the cost of many medications is rising. The trend hits both patients and their …
Wed., Oct. 12, 2016, 3:53 p.m.
Providence, Premera reach a deal on employer-sponsored health plans
Providence Health & Services has signed a three-year contract with Premera Blue Cross, ensuring that Washington residents with Premera’s employer-sponsored health insurance can continue to access Providence doctors, hospitals and …
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016, 12:37 p.m.
Premera and Multicare Health System agree on a new contract
Premera Blue Cross, Washington’s leading health plan, today announced a new three-year contract with MultiCare Health System and its Accountable Care Organization, MultiCare Connected Care.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Premera to stop offering individual health plans in some Eastern Washington counties
One of Washington’s largest health insurance providers will drop most Providence, Swedish and CHI Franciscan providers from its network for individual health insurance plans starting in 2017.
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 …
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014
Providence, Premera agree on network terms
Providence, Eastern Washington’s largest medical provider, is back in the coverage network for Premera Blue Cross and Lifewise, the area’s largest health insurers. Providence and Premera announced their new agreement …
Sun., Nov. 24, 2013
Providence facilities, doctors excluded by two large insurers in Washington exchange
Competition to control the cost of new individual health policies has led two of Washington’s biggest insurance companies to exclude Eastern Washington’s largest hospital, and many of its physicians, from …
Wed., May 2, 2012
Premera drops plan after ruling
A health insurance plan covering 45,000 people in Washington is being discontinued, after state regulators objected to its limited prescription drug benefit. Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ruled that health …
Tue., May 1, 2012, 5:51 p.m.
Lifewise to drop policy covering 45,000 Washingtonians
A health insurance plan covering 45,000 people in Washington is being discontinued, after state regulators objected to its prescription drug benefit.
Wed., Feb. 29, 2012, 2:20 p.m.
Holy Family docs, Premera settle dispute
An insurance reimbursement showdown pitting emergency room doctors at Providence Holy Family Hospital against Premera Blue Cross has been resolved.
Sun., June 12, 2011
Caldwell: Health insurers should take hint from Blue Shield
If you want to thank anyone for enactment of President Obama’s health care reforms, those anyones would be Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross. That state’s two biggest …
Sun., Dec. 5, 2010
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 …