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Earling Leaves Premera Blue Cross, Joins State of Reform

Its affiliate, LifeWise of Oregon, already announced plans to leave the market at the end of 2016.

After a seven year high profile career at Premera Blue Cross, Eric Earling has joined State of Reform as senior vice president. He has since relocated to New Orleans to lead work on building its South Central edition, while continuing to support its projects on the West Coast.

Washington Health Insurance Executives Outdid Their Oregon Counterparts

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Our neighbor to the north doled out millions of dollars to its health insurance executives last year, with the CEOs of Community Health Plan of Washington, Group Health Cooperative, Regence BlueShield and Premera BlueCross walking away with hefty paychecks that included six-figure bonuses in filings submitted to Washington’s Insurance Commissioner.

The major health insurers in Washington state held onto their commanding 2.5 million members in 2013, not including self-funded employers such as Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon, while doling out millions of dollars to high-ranking executives, and spending $1.5 million on board member compensatio

Insurance Spat Leads to Less Rx Coverage for Some

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The health reform act will require coverage of all drugs beginning in 2014, but Washington's insurance commissioner and the state's largest insurance companies are facing off over a move to eliminate drug coverage entirely under one plan.

July 3, 2012 A fight between the Washington state insurance commissioner and the state’s largest seller of individual health insurance is spotlighting problems in that increasingly troubled market. The spat arose over insurers’ efforts to curb soaring premiums by restricting or eliminating prescription drug benefits.

Experts say they haven’t yet seen similar moves by insurers in other states to axe drug coverage from policies sold in the individual market. But some predict expensive drug benefits will offer an inviting target.

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