Insurance Commissioner Kreidler proposes reinsurance program

Insurance Commissioner Kreidler proposes reinsurance program
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Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is proposing legislation designed to provide stability and confidence that over 300,000 people are able to maintain coverage in Washington’s individual health insurance market.

According to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, the proposed reinsurance program would encourage more health plan options in the 2019 individual market, and lower premium increased by up to 10 percent.

“Over the last year, the federal government has created substantial uncertainty in the individual health insurance market across the nation,” Kreidler said. “We’ve felt those effects in our state. A reinsurance program would help counter those negative effects and provide increased stability to a market that is a vital lifeline for so many consumers in our state.”

Reinsurance provides health insurers partial reimbursement for high-cost medical claims that exceed a certain threshold. These type of claims typically involve extremely serious health issues, such as cancer, complications from diabetes and pre-mature births, among others.