Mike Kreidler http://kplu.org en OIC Whistleblower To Speak Out As Questions Linger Over Her Own Conduct http://kplu.org/post/oic-whistleblower-speak-out-questions-linger-over-her-own-conduct <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152863713&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An administrative law judge who says her boss meddled in her deliberations is calling for more independence for hearings officers who, like her, work for state agencies. But she faces questions about her own conduct in the case, too.</p><p>Chief presiding officer Patricia Petersen was in the middle of a high-profile dispute between Seattle Children’s Hospital and the state insurance commissioner when she said a prominent official at the commissioner’s office leaned on her to decide in the agency’s favor. That official also happens to be Petersen’s direct supervisor.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 23:39:18 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16974 at http://kplu.org OIC Whistleblower To Speak Out As Questions Linger Over Her Own Conduct Insurance Commissioner Convenes Probe Of Whistleblower Complaint Against Its Own http://kplu.org/post/insurance-commissioner-convenes-probe-whistleblower-complaint-against-its-own <p>Washington’s Insurance Commissioner is hiring an outside investigator to look into ethics complaints lodged by a hearing officer, and raising questions about the accuser’s own conduct.</p><p>Chief presiding officer Patricia Peterson referees disputes that arise at the commissioner’s office. During an especially contentious case, she says the commissioner’s number-two official tried to improperly influence her judgment.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 22:25:45 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16791 at http://kplu.org Wash. Health Insurance Rates To Increase, But By Less Than In Recent Years http://kplu.org/post/wash-health-insurance-rates-increase-less-recent-years <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149411435&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The cost of health insurance for individuals is <a href="http://www.insurance.wa.gov/about-oic/news-media/news-releases/2014/5-13-2014.html" target="_blank">probably going up next year</a> in Washington, but in a key test of the market under the Affordable Care Act, the rate hikes will be lower than in recent years.</p><p>How Obamacare would affect insurance rates has been one of the law’s big mysteries. There weren’t big price hikes this year, but now that the law has been fully in effect for some months, would there be a big jump for 2015?</p><p>According to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the answer is no. In paperwork filed with the OIC, the 17 insurance companies have asked for an average increase of 8.25 percent increase. Commissioner Mike Kreidler says that's the smallest increase in seven years.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 00:10:31 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 16544 at http://kplu.org Wash. Health Insurance Rates To Increase, But By Less Than In Recent Years Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera ‘Guts’ Consumer Protection Bill http://kplu.org/post/washington-insurance-commissioner-premera-guts-consumer-protection-bill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy. But Democrat Mike </span>Kreidler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says lobbying by health insurance giant </span>Premera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Blue Cross has “gutted” his consumer protection measure in the Washington Legislature.</span></p><p>After the collapse of AIG in 2008, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners developed something called the Holding Company Act. It basically gives state regulators additional oversight of insurance carriers that are held by a parent company.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 23:29:46 +0000 Austin Jenkins 14430 at http://kplu.org Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera ‘Guts’ Consumer Protection Bill Kreidler Defends Decision to Decline Health Care Extension http://kplu.org/post/kreidler-defends-decision-decline-health-care-extension <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like a lot of big projects, </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> needs time to be successful. That was the message from Washington State Insurance Commissioner&nbsp;Mike </span>Kreidler<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, who testified before a House subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.</span></p><p>Kreidler had been invited to speak by Washington Rep. Jim McDermott, but quickly found himself in the crosshairs of another, Rep. Dave Reichert.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:29:27 +0000 Ed Ronco 11421 at http://kplu.org Kreidler Defends Decision to Decline Health Care Extension Lawmakers Chide Kriedler for Declining Health Care Extension http://kplu.org/post/lawmakers-chide-kriedler-declining-health-care-extension <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington’s Insurance Commissioner Mike </span>Kreidler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is getting an earful from lawmakers over his decision not to grant relief to people losing their health plans next month.</span></p><p>President Barack Obama, to make good on a promise that had begun to ring hollow, said he’d allow those losing their coverage to keep it for a year. But Kreidler <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/no-health-care-policy-extensions-wash-state">declined the fix</a>, calling it a bad fit for Washington.</p><p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:02:45 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11249 at http://kplu.org Lawmakers Chide Kriedler for Declining Health Care Extension Washington's uninsured: One million people http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-uninsured-one-million-people <p>Losing your job often means losing your health insurance &ndash; and that&rsquo;s reflected in the latest numbers of uninsured people in Washington. It&rsquo;s approaching one million, or 14.5 percent of the population, according to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.</p><p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 09:02:00 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 3432 at http://kplu.org Learning why health insurance rates go up http://kplu.org/post/learning-why-health-insurance-rates-go <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-962634.mp3</p><p>Health insurance rates are going up and policies are changing for many people who have an individual plan or work at a small business. Those increases can be maddening and mystifying.</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:03:02 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1166 at http://kplu.org Kreidler rejects Regence rate hike http://kplu.org/post/kreidler-rejects-regence-rate-hike <p>Insurance Commissioner <a href="http://www.insurance.wa.gov/news/2010/12-7-2010.shtml">Mike Kreidler has rejected a new rate increase</a> requested by one of the state’s largest health insurers.&nbsp; It’s the second time in recent months Kreidler has sparred with Regence BlueShield.&nbsp;</p><p>Regence is seeking a 3.7% increase for its Washington customers, including the Asuris subsidiary, starting January first, to cover the cost of new benefits required by the federal health law.&nbsp; This applies to its individual insurance plans, not to plans provided through employers.</p> Wed, 08 Dec 2010 11:33:40 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 305 at http://kplu.org