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Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Washington | 0 comments

Washington Approves One More Medical Carrier; dental carriers still fighting to offer plans through the exchange

On September 4, 2013, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced that Molina Healthcare of Washington, Inc. has been approved to offer two plans through the Washington Healthplanfinder.

Molina was initially disapproved to offer plans through the exchange, however after appealing and correcting information in its provider contracts, the company received approval.

Molina Healthcare of Washington, Inc. will be offering a gold plan and a silver plan with variations. The two plans will be available in King, Pierce, and Spokane counties.

The Executive Board of the Health Benefit Exchange is scheduled to certify the final list of approved plans in its special September 4th meeting and submit its final list to the federal government the following day, September the 5th.

Additionally, Willamette Dental Group and Dental Health Services, dental carriers whose proposed 2014 Exchange plans were disapproved on July 31 by the OIC, have filed appeals with the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Delta Dental of Washington, Kaiser Northwest, LifeWise, and Premera have been approved by the OIC and are seeking certification from the Exchange Board to offer stand-alone pediatric dental plans through the Washington Healthplanfinder.

Delta Dental of Washington is offering a low plan, Delta Dental Individual Washington Kids, statewide.

Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest is offering a low level plan, KP WA Pediatric Dental 80, in Clark and Cowlitz counties.

LifeWise Health Plan of Washington is offering a low plan, LifeWise Individual Pediatric Dental Plan, statewide.

Premera Blue Cross is offering a low plan, Premera Blue Cross Individual Pediatric Dental Plan, in all counties except Clark.

New information is being released every day. Follow this blog to receive updates as new information is released in Washington.

Jillian Carlile
Research Analyst & Health Exchange know-it-all
Strenuus
jcarlile@strenuus.com

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