OLYMPIA, Wash. - "Get your medical bills lowered." "A solution so simple, it's brilliant." "The savings do not stop there."
As people struggle to find affordable health care, many are turning to discount health plans. And some buyers, who mistakenly think they've bought insurance coverage with full benefits, are discovering that the discounts are much more limited than they thought.
Several new laws, including one requiring more regulation and disclosure for such plans, took effect yesterday.
"This bill forces the plans to disclose to consumers how the discount works and where it can be used," said state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. Since 2003, he said, the office has received more than 400 calls from consumers with questions or complaints about such plans.