Wash. announces plans, rates, in health exchange

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Wash. announces plans, rates, in health exchange

AP News

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state’s insurance commissioner has approved 31 plans that will be part of the state’s new health exchange.

Commissioner Mike Kreidler on Thursday announced he’s approved the individual health plans and rates for four health companies that will sell the plans in the exchange starting on Oct. 1.

Of nine companies that applied, the four that were approved are: Bridgespan, Group Health Cooperative, Lifewise and Premera Blue Cross.

Lifewise is the only one that will offer plans in all counties, the others each cover specific counties or regions.

Those not approved were: Moda Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care Company and Molina Healthcare of Washington, Inc.

Kreidler says that some of those not approved couldn’t guarantee accesses to certain providers and hospitals.