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Topic: BridgeSpan Health Co.

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May 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Kreidler removes hearings officer in Seattle Children’s case

Update| 5:25 p.m.: Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has removed his hearings officer from adjudicating insurance cases, including the Seattle Children’s case currently under way. Deputy Commissioner Steve Valandra said Wednesday that Kreidler revoked Chief Presiding Officer Patricia Petersen’s delegation of authority, and the agency would immediately begin the search for another hearings officer. Petersen is on paid leave,…

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Comments | Topics: BridgeSpan Health Co., James Odiorne, network adequacy

May 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

More 2015 health plan choices likely for exchange shoppers

On average, the rate increase requested for 2015 individual health plans is 8.25 percent ­– the lowest in seven years, according to figures kept by the Office of the Insurance Commissioner. That “relatively low” weighted average increase in proposed premiums is just one of the developments that has pleased Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, whose office will now be…

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Comments | Topics: BridgeSpan Health Co., Healthplanfinder, individual health insurance