Health Insurers request premium rate change in Washington

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Washington State released its proposed plans and premiums for 2018. 

Representatives McMorris Rodgers and Newhouse responded to the proposed increases in a statement released on the same day:

“Washingtonians will once again be facing higher health insurance costs and decreasing options in the individual marketplace – including zero plans in two counties.

Despite state efforts to prop up this flawed, unstable law, it is clear that Obamacare is on an unsustainable path in our state.

We refuse to allow this failed government-knows-best approach to healthcare to cause more damage, and are committed to working with our colleagues in Congress to ensure Washingtonians have access to the quality, affordable health insurance that they deserve.”

On June 8, eleven health insurers filed 71 plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual health insurance market, down from 13 insurers offering 154 plans in 2017.

In two counties in Washington, Grays Harbor and Klickitat, no insurer filed individual plans for 2018.

Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and San Juan counties will all have only insurer offering coverage plans on the exchange.

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has been reaching out to insurers since they filed their plans to see if one or more will reconsider offering plans in the bare counties.

“I’m very concerned by the proposed changes we’re seeing,” Kreidler said. “I know these numbers will be extremely upsetting to people who buy their own health insurance.”

All rates, health plans, and coverage areas are under review and may change.

Once Kreidler's review is complete, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board is scheduled to certify all plans for sale in Washington Healthplanfinder, our state's Exchange, on Sept. 14.

Open enrollment for the 2018 individual market starts Nov. 1.