Healthcare

‘Who’s Getting Fired?’ Lawmaker Asks Health Benefit Exchange CEO After Recent Glitch

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.

Health Benefit Exchange Asks to Spend $147M in ’15-17, Close Budget Shortfall

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 Our View: Acidification Harms Oceans

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.

Friction At Board Meeting As Health Exchange Problems Continue

“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.

Premiums Rise at Big Insurers, Fall at Small Rivals Under Health Law

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 Exchange Premium Rates to Go Up Almost 10%

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.