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WA orders Regence to resurrect child-only plans

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Washington's top health insurance provider, Regence Blueshield announced it will stop covering new children as of October 1st.

The move to no longer cover kids under 19 years old for both: child-only plans and family plans, received backlash from the State Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler, as well as other insurers in the market.

"When the largest seller of individual health insurance stops covering children, you really have the potential here of rocking the boat, so to speak and really start hurting kids, and much less dislocate the market," said Kreidler.

Kriedler issued a cease and decist order, saying it's a violation of Washington's law. Regence didn't return our calls.

The move to stop covering children came after passage of the Obama Health Care Reform that stated insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions.