State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has reached a settlement with Molina Healthcare of Washington that grants approval for the insurer to sell two individual health plans through the state’s online health-insurance marketplace, known as Washington Healthplanfinder, in 2014.
Molina was one of five insurers Kreider had previously rejected for the exchange and one of four insurers to appeal that decision.
Kreidler’s approval of Molina’s two plans brings the total number of health plans to be sold through the exchange to 43. Molina’s two plans will be available in three counties: King, Pierce and Spokane.
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board still has to certify all of the approved health plans for the exchange. With the addition of Molina, seven insurers have been approved. The board is scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon and is expected to vote on certification.
The state faces a Thursday deadline of to submit information on all of its certified plans to the federal government.