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WA Bill Could Allow Canceled Health Insurance Plans

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington state lawmakers are considering a proposal that would allow canceled and out-of-state insurance plans in Washington state. 

The bill, sponsored by republican Senator Steve O'Ban, of University Place, would allow health insurance companies to keep offering insurance plans that don't meet the new federal and state requirements. 

However, the plans would only be offered to people who were enrolled in those plans as of October 1st, 2013.

Senate Bill 6464 also would let insurers from other states sell plans to Washingtonians without requiring the carriers to meet Washington state insurance regulations.

When President Obama announced he would leave it up to the states to decide whether to continue to offer some old plans for a while, Washington's Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he would not allow it.