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HCA announces administrator for Uniform Medical Plan starting in 2020

OLYMPIA – The Health Care Authority (HCA) today announced a new contract to provide enhanced services to the nearly 200,000 public employees enrolled in Uniform Medical Plan (UMP). UMP is the state’s self-funded medical option for eligible members enrolled in the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program. After a two-year competitive process, HCA selected Regence BlueShield as the third-party administrator to serve UMP members …

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RPEC and OIC in Partnership – SHIBA

October 12, 2018 – Olympia – The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between RPEC and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner related to the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA). OIC and RPEC educate consumers seeking authoritative information on medicare as it relates to retiree benefits through the Public Employees’ Benefits Board (PEBB). This MOU promotes an efficient …

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Washington state’s health-exchange rates to jump 24 percent

From the Seattle Times – Washingtonians buying insurance through the state’s health-insurance exchange will see the largest premium increases next year since the exchange was created in 2013. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange board this week approved rate increases averaging 24 percent. The rates, first approved by the state’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner, will impact about 180,000 customers. “We at …

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As RPEC reported previously, PEBB is scheduled in increase premiums dramatically in January of 2018. They attribute the increase, in large part, to the significant jump in specialty drug costs. Since the board passed the resolution, we have requested information on how premiums are determined and have received the following information: FROM PEBB STAFF: How PEBB medical premiums are determined …

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