April 15, 2014
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama and key members of his staff at the White House on April 17 to discuss issues related to health care reform.
The White House invited Kreidler and other state insurance commissioners to talk about the progress of the Affordable Care Act. Likely subjects include:
- Current demographics in health plans following the end of open enrollment on March 31.
- Enhancing the state-based and federal health benefit exchanges so that consumers have easier access to information about the doctors and hospitals in the networks of various health plans.
- A continued focus on ensuring that all health plans’ provider networks offer reasonable access to care.
Kreidler, a longtime proponent of health care reform, noted the success of recent enrollment in Washington state’s Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, and the private individual health insurance market.
“We’re making a difference in people’s lives,” Kreidler said. “But the first-year enrollment is only the beginning. The knowledge we’ve gained will help us as we move forward next year.”
Washington’s Exchange enrolled more than 550,000 state residents in new free or low-cost insurance options from Oct. 1 through March 31. Of these, 146,000 signed up for private individual plans.
Updated enrollment information about the individual health insurance market will be released later this month.
Kreidler, the nation’s longest-serving insurance commissioner, is serving his fourth term.