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The Seattle Times health-care team tracks the local impact of the Affordable Care Act.

Topic: discontinued plans

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March 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Washington won’t revive canceled insurance plans

Coverage is Here iconWashington residents are not affected by President Obama’s announcement that canceled health insurance plans will be extended by an additional two years.

Plans that expired at the end of 2013 will stay dead in Washington, the state’s insurance commissioner confirmed Wednesday.

After getting hammered by critics for his pledge that if you liked your insurance coverage you could keep it, Obama in November gave states the option of bringing back discontinued health plans for a year. This week he upped it by two more years.

Roughly 230,000 people in Washington received letters this fall informing them that their current plans were being eliminated because they failed to meet the new requirements prescribed by the Affordable Care Act. The customers were offered new plans by their insurance company, often at a higher price.

Commissioner Mike Kreidler quickly declined Obama’s offer to bring back the defunct plans, citing concerns that it would add confusion to the market and create a logistical challenge.

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December 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Kreidler to testify Wednesday before U.S. House subcommittee

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who refused President Obama’s offer to let people keep discontinued health plans, will testify before the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee early Wednesday morning about how the Affordable Care Act is working in Washington. Kreidler was invited to testify by Rep. Jim McDermott, a Democrat from Seattle, who serves as…

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November 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Insurance commissioner’s day on the hotseat

Late Friday, interview requests were still pouring in for State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, who turned down President Obama’s rule change to allow insurers to keep discontinued individual health insurance plans. The old plans were discontinued by insurers because they didn’t include a variety of benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, or in other ways…

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