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SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016

Washington Obamacare increases below U.S. average

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.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015

MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014


AG: Same-sex spouses to be covered in business health plans

OLYMPIA -- Businesses that offer health coverage to opposite-sex spouses must also offer it to same-sex spouses, state officials said today. Insurance plans must offer equal coverage to all spouses. Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and Human Rights Commission Executive Director Sharon...

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Kreidler heart surgery successful

OLYMPIA -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is recovering from a heart bypass and valve replacement surgery. A statement from his office said the surgery at an Olympia hospital was planned after doctors had monitored his heart for several months. Kreidler, 69, was elected to a...

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Kreidler: Washington ahead of most states

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler was among the first with instant analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health care reform. Not surprisingly, Kreidler, who is a big supporter of the Affordable Care Act, was upbeat. His take: That Washington is ahead of most...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

OLYMPIA -- "It's a law," Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaims after signing the Heath Insurance Exchange legislation on March 23 at the Group Healthl Clinic in Olympia. (Jim Camden)

Health exchange bill signed

Gregoire signs Health Insurance Exchange bill. 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 a signing ceremony of their own. Gregoire signed legislation...

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Spec Sess Day 16: Health care laws signed

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 into law Wednesday. Even though the federal health care reforms are being challenged in...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 30, 2010

WA state makes insurance info a click away

OLYMPIA -- Washington residents who are shopping for insurance are now able to check out their prospective agent and insurance company online. The Washington Insurance Commissioner's office debuted today a new toolkit that allows consumers to enter the name of the agent, the insurance company,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

Kreidler: Limit insurance co. surpluses 

OLYMPIA -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler wants authority to limit the amount of surpluses insurance companies can amass when considering their requested rate hikes.He'll ask the Legislature for the authority to take those surpluses into account, and deny rate hikes of an insurance company had...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010

WA Lege: Should credit scores help set car premiums? 

OLYMPIA – A credit score should not be used to help determine how much a person pays for home or auto insurance premiums, State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler told a legislative panel Wednesday evening.Factors that affect credit scores can discriminate against low income and minorities,...

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