Some Washington lawmakers on Tuesday expressed obvious displeasure in the state’s Health Benefit Exchange, the marketplace more than 1 million residents have used to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, after the exchange’s website went down on Saturday, the first day of the new enrollment period.
Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange, the state-run marketplace hundreds of thousands of residents have used to enroll in healthcare plans under the federal Affordable Care Act, is asking the Legislature to raise its spending authority from $80 million to $147 million for the 2015-2017 biennium.
In the seven hours Linea spent waiting for a psychiatric bed to open up, she witnessed patients tied to gurneys in the hallways and others sedated for acting out in a psychotic episode.
We need strong, robust public-health departments nationwide to keep communities safe. More must be done at the local, state and national level to ensure prevention efforts are not overlooked.
We can pay for it now by dealing with the issue, or later, as problem worsens. As early as 2005, oyster larvae in the Northwest began experiencing a large die-off, and two years ago scientists linked decreasing ocean pH levels to carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants, automobiles and other human sources.
“The system fixes that were implemented have not resolved these defects, and instead, the number of detrimentally affected accounts has grown.” In a letter to Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board Members dated August 12, Premera Senior Vice-President Kitti Cramer provided details showing the health insurance premium aggregation and termination notice problems at the Exchange are far larger than previously thought.
A “disappointed” State Health Benefit Exchange Board met in SeaTac on Thursday and questioned the consulting firm responsible for the health insurance processing problems that have left 6000 HBE enrollee accounts in limbo.
After two years of chairing the State Health Benefit Exchange, Margaret Stanley is stepping down. But the main agenda item for the HBE Board Meeting at SeaTac was a draft budget for the next two years.
That is the picture emerging from proposed 2015 insurance rates in the 10 states that have completed their filings, which stretch from Rhode Island to Washington state. In all but one of them, the largest health insurer in the state is proposing to increase premiums between 8.5% and 22.8% for next year.
Health Benefit Exchange (HBE) Advisory Committee members were not happy to hear that individual health plan premium rates in the HBE are expected to go up almost 10% on average in 2015. The Committee held its monthly meeting on June 5th in Olympia.