The Board met and discussed 2014 legislative updates. Of note, four bills continue to move forward in the Legislature after the February 18 cutoff, including:
- SHB 2467 to allow both stand-alone and embedded dental benefits in the Exchange;
- ESSB 6016 to require the Exchange to provide electronic notification to QHPs before the sixth of the month indicating an enrollee has not paid the premium;
- SHB 2594 to model the impacts of Basic Health Program implementation; and
- ESB 6458 to require the Office of the Insurance Commissioner provide notice of proposed rulemaking on matters related to health care insurance to the health care committees of the Legislature, the Health Benefit Exchange, the Health Care Authority, and the Governor.
Two bills will not move forward including HB 2340 to make WHBE a state agency and SSB 6474 to implement additional navigator requirements.
The Health Equity TAC also met and discussed, among other updates, enrollment, call center volume, throughput tracking, system releases, the certification of 1,725 In-Person Assisters, and the WHBE tribal premium sponsorship program. The Consumer Workgroup also met to discuss Exchange updates but did not release additional materials.