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Kreidler fines Seattle dental plan $30,000 for delays in filing rates

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September 28, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines in August totaling $55,350 against insurance companies, agents and brokers who violated state insurance regulations.

Dental Health Services, Inc., Seattle; fined $30,000, order 18-0317

The dental health care service contractor failed to file rates for City of Seattle plans in 2016 and 2017, and initially failed to file its rates in 2018. Part of the fine – $10,000 – is suspended as long as it complies with the commissioner’s order, which includes filing its 2018 rates.  

The insurance commissioner fined the following insurance companies for using the wrong rates:

  • Lifemap Assurance Co., Portland, Ore.; fined $3,350, order 18-0182
  • American Service Insurance Co., Schaumburg, Ill.; fined $7,000, order 18-0294
  • Physicians Insurance Mutual Co., Seattle; fined $1,000, order 18-0296
  • American Family Life Assurance Co. of Columbus, Omaha, Neb.; fined $1,000, order 18-0305

The insurance commissioner fined the following insurance producers for violating insurance regulations in their dealings with policyholders:

The insurance commissioner disciplined the following insurance producers for failing to notify the agency of administrative or legal actions against them:

  • Coastal Administrative Services, Inc., Bellingham, Wash.; fined $250, order 18-0360
  • Tonya Kellum, Seattle; fined $500, order 18-0361
  • Andre Lewis McGowan, Houston; fined $250, order 18-0195
  • Ramanda Lekeisha Wells, Tampa; license relinquished, order 18-0312
  • Sergio Archuleta, Chubbuck, Idaho, license revoked, order 18-0314
  • Kimberly Spears, Hopinsville, Ky.; license revoked, order 18-0315
  • Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc., Aliso Viejo, Calif.; fined $250, order 18-0316
  • Ellis James Largent and Opulen Ventures, Manhattan Beach, Calif.; license revoked, order 18-0323
  • Jerod Blakestad, Minneapolis; fined $250, order 18-0324
  • Nathan R. Miller, Daytona Beach, Fla.; license revoked, order 18-0325
  • Devon Ross, Dallas; license revoked, order 18-0326
  • Christopher A. Haynes, Hot Springs, Ark.; license revoked, order 18-0359

The insurance commissioner fined the following insurance producers for violating state licensing laws:

  • Sarah Abenilla, Tacoma, Wash.; license revoked, order 18-0334
  • David Reese, University Place, Wash.; license revoked, order 18-0372
  • Patrick Troy Thomas, Des Moines, Wash.; rescinding revocation, order 18-0349
  • DirectPath LLC, Birmingham, Ala.; $500 fine, order 18-0344
  • Jeremy Haynes, Carthage, Miss.; license revoked, order 18-0345

The insurance commissioner fined a service contract provider for violating state law:

  • Safe-Guard Products International, Atlanta; fined $8,000 and voluntary surrender of its registrations; order 18-0346

About the Office 

Kreidler’s office oversees Washington’s insurance industry to ensure that companies, agents and brokers follow state laws. Since 2001, Kreidler has assessed more than $24 million in fines, which are deposited in the state's general fund to pay for state services. 

The Office of the Insurance Commissioner publishes disciplinary orders against companies, agents and brokers. Consumers can also look up complaints against insurance companies. 

For an insurance question or complaint, contact Kreidler’s consumer advocates online or by phone at 800-562-6900.