Idaho — Medicare Workshop & Webinar: A free Medicare Workshop for individuals turning 65 and those approaching Medicare eligibility will be held in:
Grangeville Friday, July 27
9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Syringa Hospital Soltman Center
600 Main Street, Grangeville, ID 83530
All, including caregivers, are encouraged to attend.
Medicare workshops are designed to introduce the various parts of Medicare and to share some of the costs and benefits associated with the program. Sessions cover enrollment timeframes for Medigap, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans, and how the different parts of Medicare work together.
Staff with the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program, a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance, conduct the workshops. To register for the upcoming session, please contact the SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-247-4422.
In addition, a free Medicare Webinar for individuals turning 65 and those approaching Medicare eligibility will be held on August 21st from 10:00am to 11:30am Mountain Time. All those interested in learning how Medicare works, including caregivers, are encouraged to join.
Medicare webinars are designed to introduce the various parts of Medicare and to share some of the costs and benefits associated with the program. Sessions cover enrollment timeframes for Medigap, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plans, and how the different parts of Medicare work together.
Staff with the state’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) program, a unit of the Idaho Department of Insurance, conduct the webinars. To register for the upcoming session, please contact the SHIBA Helpline at 1-800-247-4422.
Montana — Officer Involved Fatal Shooting: The Treasure State ranks in the top-10 most officer-involved shootings in the nation. While the information compiled by the FBI on such matters is currently limited, the PIA Western Alliance state of Montana sits 9th.
The other Western states with high volumes of officer-involved shootings are the PIA Western Alliance states of Alaska and Arizona, and Colorado and Wyoming.
Source link: Independent Record
Montana — Local News Tops National News: The Greater Montana Foundation does an annual media consumption survey. This year the foundation’s third annual survey talked with 579 Montanans.
• Local TV broadcasts were trusted by 66% of the respondents
• Very close behind at just under 66% is local news websites
• 55% said local weekly newspapers are most credible
• 51% picked daily newspapers as must credible
• Local radio was trusted by 49%
Things go downhill from there:
• 33% trust cable TV news
• 25% say Sunday morning talk shows are credible
• 25% say news from social media sites is credible
As for the most consumed news sources:
• Fox News
• The Billings Gazette
The survey found local TV, newspaper and radio consumption — while more trusted — to be watched more intermittently than the three just listed.
As for the Internet:
• 41% say they are on the net several hours per day
• That’s down from 45% in 2015
• 40% say they are on the Internet almost every day
• That’s up from 29% in 2015
Those accessing news from social media is up to 47% this year compared to 31% in 2015. And the Internet is the most common way news is consumed with 67% saying they read most of their news online.
• 97% of Republicans rank Fox News as the most trusted source
• 88% of Democrats picked CNN
Source link: The Independent Record
Oregon — An Oregon Legislature Wrap Up from Lobbyist Lana Butterfield: The 2019 Oregon Legislative Session ended on 7/1/19. The insurance industry defeated many harmful bills this session:
• Bad faith
• Prohibition on insurers’ use of credit score
• Elimination of pain and suffering cap
• Taking of SAIF funds, and others.
The PIA Oregon/Idaho also received a letter from Kerry Barnett of SAIF Corp.
June 28, 2019
Dear Ms. Butterfield,
The legislative session is at last winding down and I wanted to make sure to get this note out to each of you before the Fourth of July holiday hit.
As you know, the various proposals to “take” a portion of SAIF’s capital to help fund PERS have come to naught, and SAIF’s assets remain in place. This would not have happened but for the effective, passionate advocacy that you and others in the coalition brought to bear. I can’t emphasize enough how gratifying it has been to see our key stakeholders step forward and express their strongest views about the value SAIF is providing and the importance of maintaining our current business model.
I want to assure you that we—and our capital—remain dedicated to serving Oregon’s employers and injured workers by setting the standard for affordability and availability of workers’ compensation coverage, and delivering extraordinary service.
Indeed, our value proposition has never been stronger: our pricing is highly competitive and continues to drive the market; our service levels exceed our competitors’ in virtually all key measures; our safety program is second to none; and our track record of providing substantial policyholder dividends (21 in the past 29 years) far exceeds all others in our market.
SAIF is committed to the path we’re on. We will continue to use our energy, skill, creativity, and yes, our capital, in pursuit of our vision to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work
Even though this legislative session is over, there is always the chance that new proposals will arise in the future to take SAIF’s capital. We will remain vigilant, as I know you will, too.
I want to thank you for your support, and for the effective partnership we’ve forged in support of our customers.
Best wishes to you and yours for a great holiday.
SAIF President & CEO
503.373.8005 | F: 503.584.8005 | 800.285.8525 ext. 8005
400 High St SE, Salem, OR 97312
PAC Contributions Needed
Please make a contribution now to help elect state legislators and make the insurance industry’s voice stronger. Make your agency or personal check payable to “PIA Oregon PAC” and send to Sue Smith, PIA Western Alliance, 3205 NE 78th St. Suite 104, Vancouver WA 98665.
Oregon Lobbyist, PIAO/I
Washington — From the Department of Insurance: MACRA changes to Medicare Supplement policies (R 2019-01) expedited rule
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner proposes an expedited rule on MACRA changes to Medicare Supplement policies (R 2019-01). This rule will amend exiting rules to conform with changes made by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 and SB 5032.
This rule is being proposed using an expedited rulemaking process that will eliminate the need for the Commissioner to hold a public hearing. If you object to the use of the expedited rulemaking process, you must express your objection in writing by 8/6/2019 and submit it to email@example.com.
For more information, including the expedited rule (CR-105), please visit the rule's webpage — https://www.insurance.wa.gov/macra-changes-medicare-supplement-policies-r-2019-01?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
Notice of rulemaking on Internal Audit Requirements for Insurance Companies (R 2019-02)
We are starting rulemaking (R 2019-02) to incorporate an internal audit requirement for large insurers writing more than $500 million or insurance groups writing more than $1 billion in annual premiums.
The comment period for the CR-101 is open until 7/19/19.
Please submit comments to the Rules Coordinator. — https://www.insurance.wa.gov/contact-rules-coordinator?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
For more information, including the notice to start rulemaking (CR-101), please visit the rule's webpage — https://www.insurance.wa.gov/internal-audit-requirements-insurance-companies-r-2019-02?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
Notice of rulemaking on Affordable Care Act Protections (R 2019-10)
We are starting rulemaking on Affordable Care Act Protections (R 2019-10).
SHB 1870 (Chapter 33, Laws of 2019) codifies several provisions of the Affordable Care Act into state law. Some provisions of SHB 1870 authorize OIC to engage in rulemaking necessary to implement the provisions of the legislation. Existing rules may need to be amended to be consistent with SHB 1870, and new rules may be required. Such rules will facilitate implementation of the law by ensuring that all affected entities understand their rights and obligations under the new law.
For questions or comments, please contact Jane Beyer, Senior Health Policy Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This comment period closes on August 5, 2019.
For more information, including the notice to start rulemaking (CR-101), please visit the rule's webpage — https://www.insurance.wa.gov/affordable-care-act-protections-r-2019-10?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=