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Kreidler announces limited special enrollment period for people struggling with health coverage

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced a limited special enrollment period – effective Aug. 27 – for people who have experienced difficulty enrolling in health coverage through Washington’s Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, or who have had billing or payment issues. The special enrollment period starts Aug. 27 and is scheduled to run through Nov. […]

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    Washington DISH customers can now claim settlement benefits through live website

    As announced April 15, 2014, after receiving consumer complaints, the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation that led to resolution of alleged violations of the Consumer Protection Act by DISH Network. DISH agreed to: Refund approximately $2 million to Washington state consumers; Provide additional benefits to consumers that could total up to $3 million; and, […]

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  • New consumer protection laws go into effect

    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.

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  • Kreidler fines insurers $167,000 for violations, including overcharging customers

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined insurance companies more than $167,000 so far this year for violations including wrongly denying medical claims and overcharging customers.

    “It’s important that companies follow the law, and when they don’t, we’ll hold them accountable,” said Kreidler. “Consumers, competitors and the marketplace all rely on insurers following the rules.”

    In 2010, Kreidler’s office levied $583,750 in fines. Fines collected by the state insurance commissioner’s office do not go to the agency. The money is deposited in the state’s general fund to pay for other state services.

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