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Kreidler offers views on health reform at AMA leadership event

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January 9, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. � Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler will offer his views at an American Medical Association (AMA) event Jan. 10 on how the national Affordable Care Act is changing the way insurance companies and medical providers offer services to consumers.

The AMA invited Kreidler, the nation’s longest-serving elected insurance commissioner, to participate in a panel discussion Jan. 10 at the organization’s national leadership State Legislative Strategy Conference in Tucson, AZ. The key topic for the panel is how insurance regulators, medical providers and insurance companies can guarantee patients access to high-quality care.

Kreidler will note his office’s experience in approving new health-care plans that took effect Jan. 1 and current work with consumer groups, insurers and doctors to further bolster access and provide greater detail about benefits and costs.

Others participating in the discussion:

  • Dr. Barbara L. McAneny, AMA Board of Trustees (moderator)
  • Margaret E. O’Kane, president, National Committee for Quality Assurance
  • David L. Cusano, senior research fellow, the Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
  • Dr. Donald Liss, vice president, clinical programs and policy, Independence Blue Cross and member of the AMA Innovators Committee

Kreidler’s office regulates insurance companies in Washington. Before his election as insurance commissioner in 2000, Kreidler practiced optometry for two decades in the Pacific Northwest and served 16 years in the state Legislature and one term in Congress.