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Washington Health Plan Open Enrollment for Children Starts Soon

Posted on: March 12th, 2013 by SamTabes No Comments

According to the news release on, individual health plan enrollment for children starts March 15th and goes through April 30th in the state of Washington.  Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, urges residents to apply early if they are looking to add their children onto their family plan. The open enrollment periods are for all health […]

Regence MedAdvantage by Regence Blue Shield

Posted on: November 15th, 2011 by BlogAdmin No Comments

We are in the midst of Medicare open enrollment — which runs through December 7th this year — so we thought we would profile a number of Medicare Advantage plans for our readers.  The first of these such plans is  Regence Medadvantage, a Medicare Advantage PPO offered by Regence Blue Shield of Washington. There are […]

HMO Insurance Quote: Should Rate Increases Be Transparent?

Posted on: April 18th, 2011 by ymedina No Comments

There has been an ongoing debate in the Washington state Legislature about whether or not health insurance companies should make the request for rate increases public.  The issue involves House Bill 1220, which would make the rate request public as soon as the office of Commissioner Mike Kreidler receives it according to the article “Insurance […]

State Health Plans For Low Income Adults

Posted on: February 2nd, 2010 by JPAL No Comments

The struggling economy is causing significant issues for many states which provide health plans to assist low-income families.  Many states are being forced to pare back these health insurance programs at the worst possible time…when the number of unemployed Americans continue to rise and people need assistance the most. The methods by which various states […]

Health Insurance For Children Expanded

Posted on: August 6th, 2009 by JPAL No Comments

Despite the fiscal crisis being experienced nationwide, 14 states found money this year to increase health insurance coverage for an additional 250,000 children nationwide. The states took advantage of $33 Million that was appropriated by Congress when it reauthorized the Children’s health insurance program (CHIP) back in February. the 14 states that are expanding their […]

Health Insurance For Low Income Families

Posted on: July 13th, 2009 by JPAL No Comments

Many states have state sponsored health insurance plans that are designed for “the working uninsured”.  Generally the monthly premiums of these plans are subsidized by the state and in order to qualify, applicants must have household income levels that don’t exceed 200% of federal poverty level, and being a resident of the state.  Each state […]

Washington Basic Health Plan Rates to Rise

Posted on: June 10th, 2009 by JPAL No Comments

According to the Curt Woodward, an AP writer, the health insurance rates that Washington residents pay for the state subsidized Washington Basic Health Plan are set to rise sharply.  Monthly premiums will rise from around $37 to roughly $62.  In addition, annual deductibles will rise from $150 to $250. About 100,000 Washingtonians are enrolled in […]

Health Discount Plans Need Regulation

Posted on: March 24th, 2009 by BlogAdmin No Comments

Washington state Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kriedler, is advocating regulating the currently unregulated health discount plans, that have become much more common over the past few years.  Specifically, Mr. Kriedler would like to enact legislation that would make these plans financially responsible for paying the health care expenses that they advertise.  Commissioner Kriedler states that he […]

Washington Basic Health Plan Reducing Membership

Posted on: December 10th, 2008 by JPAL No Comments

According to The Seattle Times, starting Friday, Washington will begin to reduce their membership in the Washington Basic Health Plan.  The health plan, which is subsidized by taxpayers, provides health insurance to more than 100,000 low income Washington residents. The enrollment is part of a drastic attempt to balance the state budget, but couldn’t come […]