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Kreidler: Trinity to pay fine, stop selling health ‘sharing’ policies

Trinity agrees to stop selling health “sharing” policies, pay $150,000 fine, insurance commissioner says.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

Washington regulators fine supposed faith-based health coverage companies $1.1M for ‘sham’ insurance

After issuing a cease-and-desist order in May, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced Thursday he’s seeking more than $1 million in fines from two companies his office believes have continued …

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

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

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

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

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

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 …

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.

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.

Inslee to McMorris Rodgers: Don’t repeal Obamacare

Gov Jay Inslee asks Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to back away from plans to repeal Obamacare.

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.

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 …

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.

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 …