OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Cancelled and out-of-state insurance plans would be allowed in Washington under a Senate proposal heard in committee Tuesday.
The measure sponsored by Sen. Steve O-Ban, R-University Place, would reportedly allow health insurance companies to keep offering insurance plans that don't meet the new federal and state requirements. But they would only be offered to people who were enrolled in such plans as of Oct. 1, 2013.
Senate Bill 6464 also would let insurers from other states sell plans to Washingtonians without requiring the carriers to meet Washington state insurance regulations.
When President Barack Obama announced he would leave it up to the states to decide whether to continue to offer some old plans for a while, Washington's Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he would not allow it