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Builders call for insurance waivers

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Friday, February 05, 2010

Builders associations say House Bill 3321, passed in 2007 to keep associations from dropping health coverage for sick people, is overreaching and needs to be changed.

The groups are backing a bill that would allow a waiver to the provision, which currently requires them to retain 95% of their members.

But members voluntarily drop insurance plans all the time, said John Killin, president of the Associated Builders and Contractors Pacific Northwest Chapter. They may be cutting costs or even shopping around for a better plan elsewhere.
That makes the 95% retention rate too hard to attain. “Turns out, the way the (state) Insurance Division interpreted it, it was impossible to meet,” Killin said. “Long term, nobody could meet this rule.”

Read the full story at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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