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07/07/2015

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Applauds Ruling on Association Health Plans

The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce today applauded an administrative law judge’s recent ruling in favor of Association Health Plans (AHPs), and called on Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to drop his unreasonable campaign to disqualify plans that have provided affordable health care coverage to employees of Washington businesses for decades.

“The judge’s ruling on this case should serve as a warning that the insurance commissioner’s campaign against association health plans is unreasonable and unfair to the small businesses and workers that have relied upon them for affordable health care for so many years,” said Maud Daudon, President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Over the past year, Kreidler’s office has rejected many longstanding AHPs, jeopardizing the health coverage of hundreds of thousands of working Washingtonians.

In last week’s ruling, George Finkle, an administrative law judge with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner, found in favor of AHPs. The ruling was consistent with a 2007 state trial court finding which held that the practices of AHPs are consistent with federal and state laws.

The ruling came after the Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties, the Building Industry Association of Washington and the Northwest Marine Trade Association contested a decision by Kreidler to disapprove rate filings by three AHPs in 2014.

Daudon said the Chamber is also gratified that the commissioner has agreed not to appeal the court’s ruling, and is asking a federal court to overturn Kreidler’s decisions against the industry-specific AHPs it administers.

For questions pertaining to this release, please contact:
Jeff Reading, Strategies 360 at (360) 282-1990 

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