Insurance Commissioner hosting consultation for tribal health insurance company
- Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is considering a request from the Sovereign Nations Health Consortium (SNHC), based in Ivins, Utah, to administer and operate a tribal health insurance company in Washington.
- Kreidler will host a tribal consultation on the matter on Monday, November 7. After that consultation, Kreidler‘s office is scheduled to meet with the SNHC.
- SNHC is an inter-tribal association consisting of three federally recognized tribes: The Shivwits Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, and Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation.
- SNHC focuses on providing healthcare and health insurance options for underrepresented individuals and marginalized communities.
- SNHC is requesting the OIC enter into a state-tribal insurance regulation agreement, which would recognize the Sovereign Nations Insurance (SNI) — an inter-tribal sovereign domestic health insurance company — as an admitted sovereign tribal insurer.
- SNHC currently provides insurance services to members of tribal health communities in other states both on and off reservation lands and regulates the Native American Restoration Association, a related non-profit membership association.
- The November 7 consultation starts at 1 p.m. at the OIC building at 5000 Capitol Blvd. SE in Tumwater. The meeting is open to the public, but please RSVP (smartsheet.com).
- You can also attend virtually. Zoom links will be sent to guests who state in their RSVP that they will not be attending in person.