health insurance http://nwpr.org en Insurance Commissioner: Wash. Health Plans Must Cover Services For Transgender People http://nwpr.org/post/insurance-commissioner-wash-health-plans-must-cover-services-transgender-people <p>Health plans in Washington state can’t refuse to cover services for transgender people if the same procedures are covered for others. That’s the message from the state insurance commissioner, who says he’ll take action against insurers who don’t comply.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:34:43 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 48079 at http://nwpr.org Insurance Commissioner: Wash. Health Plans Must Cover Services For Transgender People Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill http://nwpr.org/post/washington-insurance-commissioner-premera-guts-consumer-protection-bill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/030414AJ_InsuranceProtection_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.<p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:05:41 +0000 Austin Jenkins 42309 at http://nwpr.org Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill Oregon Lawmakers Grill Director Of Health Insurance Exchange http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-lawmakers-grill-director-health-insurance-exchange <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011514CL_coveroregon_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon's Obamacare health insurance exchange is finally getting some traction after a shaky beginning.<p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:08:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 40074 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Lawmakers Grill Director Of Health Insurance Exchange Leadership Changes At Cover Oregon http://nwpr.org/post/leadership-changes-cover-oregon <p>"We are putting all hands on deck to make sure again that everyone who wants and needs health coverage in this state, is able to get it and get enrolled in a plan by January 1st," says John Kitzhaber.<br />He announced two main staffing changes. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:49:25 +0000 Kristian Foden-Vencil 37741 at http://nwpr.org Leadership Changes At Cover Oregon Oregon Lawmakers Question Health Insurance Exchange Director http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-lawmakers-question-health-insurance-exchange-director <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The head of Cover Oregon is acknowledging the troubles of the health insurance exchange. But Rocky King described the system as “unfinished”, rather than “broken.” Oregon lawmakers are questioning King Wednesday in hearings on why Cover Oregon has failed to sign up even one customer. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman says despite the troubled rollout, King's job doesn't appear to be in immediate jeopardy.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:47:39 +0000 Chris Lehman 37625 at http://nwpr.org Cover Oregon Director Says Online Exchange Won't Be Ready By Deadline http://nwpr.org/post/cover-oregon-director-says-online-exchange-wont-be-ready-deadline <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/112013CL_coveroregon_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon’s online health insurance exchange won’t be up and running in time for people to get covered by the beginning of the year.<p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 01:04:46 +0000 Chris Lehman 37622 at http://nwpr.org Cover Oregon Director Says Online Exchange Won't Be Ready By Deadline State Agency Offering Help During Last Week Of Medicare Open Enrollment http://nwpr.org/post/state-agency-offering-help-during-last-week-medicare-open-enrollment <p></p><p>Medicare open enrollment season ends Friday for those looking to change or sign onto a health program. A Washington state agency has open arms for those scrambling for insurance advice. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:29:52 +0000 Paige Browning 19231 at http://nwpr.org New Standardized Forms Could Simplify Shopping For Health Insurance http://nwpr.org/post/new-standardized-forms-could-simplify-shopping-health-insurance <p>Just in time for open enrollment season—insurance companies are required to explain health benefits in plain language. The new requirement is part of the affordable care act that takes effect this week. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:15:58 +0000 Ruby de Luna 15683 at http://nwpr.org New Standardized Forms Could Simplify Shopping For Health Insurance