Wash. Health Exchange Board May Add Some More Plans

SEATTLE (AP) — The board for the state health exchange plans to vote Thursday on proposed plans that would be part of the new health care law.

But the board has also decided to hold a special meeting early next month to potentially add more plans to the options for Washington consumers.

Earlier this month, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler rejected proposals by five insurance companies to join the exchange because their plans didn’t fit all the rules set up by the federal government.

Two of those companies — Community Health Plans of WA and Coordinated Care Co. — have appealed Kreidler’s decision and may be reconsidered at a special meeting on Sept. 4.

The health exchange board says these plan approval decisions will not affect the state’s open enrollment, which begins Oct. 1.

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