Around the PIA Western Alliance States – Week of June 17, 2024

Idaho — Coeur d’Alene Police Department Fire: Fire investigators from the Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department have completed their investigation of the Coeur d’Alene Police Storage Building that occurred in the early morning hours of June 9, 2024.

The Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office was tasked as the lead investigating agency due to the complexities and high dollar loss of this fire. ATF provided additional assistance due to the large loss from a government entity.

“This was a difficult, multi-day investigation,” said State Fire Marshal Knute Sandahl. “There were many complex aspects of the fire that needed to be sorted out.” The building not only housed equipment of the police department, but also a large amount of computer equipment. Several police vehicles were destroyed, including police motorcycles.

Fire pattern analysis had investigators focus on recently acquired battery operated e-bicycles, one of which clearly showed evidence of a catastrophic failure of the lithium-ion battery pack that was being charged after being used that evening by police. Officers assigned to bike patrol had received training on the e-bicycles’ use and charging after use, before they were placed into service. Examination of the charging station showed that it was properly plugged into an outlet and there was no evidence of misuse or prior damage of either the e-bicycle or charging unit.

“This was an unfortunate and unexpected failure that caused the fire and is being ruled an accident,” said Sandahl. A forensic analysis will be conducted by the city’s insurance company, but the results will not be known for several months. “This is pretty typical for an insurance company because the failed product is so new, and the loss is so great,” Sandahl added.

“The Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office would like to thank the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and their officers for their cooperation during this difficult investigation,” said Fire Marshal Sandahl. “We also appreciate the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department for providing heavy equipment to remove debris and structural components that hampered investigators. A special thank you to Coeur d’Alene Fire Department personnel who helped remove debris and provided video footage via drone. This made a huge impact on the timeliness of this investigation.”

Oregon — UPDATES on Medicare Supplement Product Standards

440-2452         Product Standards – Product standards for Plans issued prior to June 2010

440-2425M      Product Standards – Product standards Plans sold on or after June 1, 2010 and Plans Sold on or after January 1, 2020

Current forms list has been added to our website:

This e-notify was distributed to the following groups:

● Rates & Forms Updated Product Standards​

Washington — Palliative Care Benefit Work Group: We are sending this notice to inform you that OIC, in consultation with the Health Care Authority, is convening the Palliative Care Benefit Work Group to design the parameters of a palliative care benefit and payment model for fully insured health plans, pursuant to SSB 5936, Chapter 166, Laws of 2024.

OIC is hosting the work group’s first meeting on July 11, 2024, from 2:00-3:30 pm PT. We invite interested members of the public to attend this meeting by registering in advance — https://bit.ly/4cpCsxg

For more information, including background about the work group and the July 11 meeting agenda, please visit the work group’s webpage palliative care benefit work group.

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