State fines OneShare Health, bans it from selling insurance in Washington state

Feb. 2—The state Insurance Commissioner’s Office has fined OneShare Health $150,000 and is prohibiting the company from selling insurance in the state of Washington.

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Additionally, OneShare dropped a federal lawsuit against Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

“People who are looking for health insurance should closely examine any offerings and contact our consumer advocates if they have questions about products that market themselves as health care sharing ministries,” Kreidler said in a statement.

OneShare Health fails to meet the legal definition of a health care sharing ministry. It enrolled more than 7,000 members in Washington who paid a total of $12 million in monthly premiums that OneShare called “contributions.” Six members have complained to Kreidler’s office about unpaid claims.

A legitimate health care sharing ministry is a nonprofit organization whose members have a common set of ethical or religious beliefs and share medical expenses consistent with those beliefs. Health care

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Health insurance sign-ups to be reopened this month

Published: 2/4/2021 5:08:30 PM

Uninsured New Hampshire residents can buy health insurance through the federal marketplace during a special enrollment period starting in two weeks as the Biden administration rejuvenates the Affordable Care Act after years of cutbacks.

Biden’s recent executive order will reopen enrollment on the federal ACA exchanges at HealthCare.gov from Feb. 15 to May 15. The regular enrollment period for coverage this year, which had been shortened by former President Trump as part of his opposition to what is often called Obamacare, ended Dec. 15, 2020.

“With this opportunity, N.H. residents who are uninsured will be able to sign up for coverage without waiting until the next regular open enrollment period at the end of the year,” New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner Chris Nicolopoulos said. “However, since the window is short, they should not delay.”

Those qualifying for financial assistance can receive support when signing up through HealthCare.gov.

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Several States Start To Reopen Health Insurance Marketplaces

Plans in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are central to President Joe Biden’s covid-relief strategy and aim to help people who lost their jobs after the original enrollment periods.


Philadelphia Inquirer:
Health Insurance Marketplaces Reopening In Pa., N.J. To Help With COVID-19 Relief


Pennsylvania will reopen its health insurance marketplace, dubbed Pennie, for a special enrollment period Feb. 15 through May 15 to allow people affected by the coronavirus pandemic to select a new plan. The move is in line with President Joe Biden’s decision to reopen the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov, as part of his COVID-19 relief efforts. New Jersey’s marketplace, Get Covered NJ, will also remain open through May 15. (Gantz, 2/3)

In news from Maine, North Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana —

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