Around the PIA Western Alliance States – Week of December 11, 2023

Oregon — All entities offering health benefit plans in Oregon: The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) proposes to issue the attached bulletin regarding interim guidance for health benefit plans for Section 20 of 2023 Oregon House Bill 2002 (gender-affirming treatment). 

Purpose:

The purpose of this bulletin is to provide guidance for health benefit plans regarding coverage of gender-affirming treatment under Section 20 of 2023 Oregon House Bill 2002 until final rules implementing HB 2002 are adopted. The Division of Financial Regulation anticipates convening a rules advisory committee to advise on the rules required under HB 2002 in December of 2023. The division expects to adopt final rules implementing HB 2002 prior to January 1, 2025.

Public comments requested:

Public comment will be accepted for 2 weeks. Please submit public comment to DFR.Bulletin@dcbs.oregon.gov.

Last day for public comment: Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m.

Click here to review proposed bulletin:

https://dfr.oregon.gov/laws-rules/Documents/Bulletins/proposed/guidance-gender-affirming-treatment.pdf

Washington — The OIC’s Wildfire Symposium explores mitigating wildfire risk in Washington: As part of our 2023 Climate Summit Series, Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is proud to present our Wildfire Symposium. 

 Our office worked with partners in the insurance industry and state agencies to provide information on wildfires’ impacts to Washington’s insurance market and the efforts in place to address those impacts. 

This series of short presentations and conversations was recorded in November of 2023. 

Presentations and guests include: 

  • Engaging Communities in Wildfire Preparedness: Guy Gifford, Assistant Division Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Community Resilience Program. 
  • Risk Scoring Tools with Verisk: Roger Grenier (Senior Vice President, Global Resilience Practice) and JulieAnna Anastassatos (Senior Director, Wildfire) from Verisk Analytics, a leading risk assessment firm.
  • Long-Term Recovery for Communities After Wildfire Loss: Carlene Anders, Executive Director of the Okanogan County Long-Term Recovery Group, the mayor of Pateros and a former firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service and DNR.
  • An Introduction to Reinsurance: Dennis Burke, Vice President of the Reinsurance Association of America.

You can check out all four videos on our website and our YouTube page. We’ll also have audio-only versions up on our podcast site and available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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