Saturday, September 26, 2020

Health Insurance

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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Kreidler extends emergency order to health insurers expanding telehealth and other coverages

From the Insurance Commissioners Office: Kreidler extends emergency order to health insurers expanding telehealth and other coverages May 22, 2020 OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. His order is in effect until June 21 and requires health insurers to: Continue coverage …

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Medicare and COVID-19 – Updated 4-2-2020

Medicare and COVID-19 FAQs on Medicare Coverage and Costs Related to COVID-19 Testing and Treatment By Juliette Cubanski & Meredith Freed; Kaiser Family Foundation ~ Mar 30, 2020   More than 60 million people ages 65 and older and younger adults with long-term disabilities are covered by Medicare. Due to their older age and higher likelihood of having serious medical …

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