Thursday, March 4, 2021

Health Insurance

SHIBA NewsFlash 2-23-2021

CMS survey is not a scam The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducts an ongoing Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). CMS contracts with NORC at the University of Chicago, a respected social science research organization, to conduct the MCBS survey. So in the coming weeks if you’re contacted by mail to complete the survey, please know that this …

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Washington Health Benefit Exchange Issues Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 16, 2020 OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) deeply appreciates the diligent efforts of Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his staff, who yesterday secured a court order  against Health Insurance Team, Seattle-based insurance brokers, for imitating our Washington Healthplanfinder website in a deceptive manner. The court order legally requires that the brokers stop their use of domain names and branding that are similar to our official, state-based health …

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2021 PEBB Medical Premiums Available

2021 PEBB Medical Premiums Available The PEB Board has approved the Non-Medicare and Medicare Retiree premiums for 2021.  The Uniform Medical Plan-Classic Medicare (UMP) premium will rise by $15.76 per month (4.9%), while most other plans will have more modest increases.  UMP continues to face cost pressures from specialty medications, but these increases are not as high as retirees have …

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Kreidler extends emergency order on surprising billing and lab fees for coronavirus testing

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner: July 29, 2020 OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order protecting consumers from receiving surprise bills for lab fees related to medically-necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19 until Aug. 27. His order applies to both in-state and out-of-state laboratories, when a provider orders diagnostic testing for COVID-19. “We know people are under …

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