Regence BlueShield ordered to resurrect child-only plans

  • Fri Oct 15th, 2010 12:56pm
  • News

Associate Press

OLYMPIA — Washington’s top insurance regulator says Regence BlueShield must resume selling child-only health insurance.

Regence announced late last month that it would stop offering child-only plans. That came right after new federal rules mandating coverage of children’s’ pre-existing conditions.

On Friday, state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered Regence to resume covering children. He says it’s illegal under state law to deny insurance to someone based on their age.

Kreidler says Regence currently has about 2,500 child-only policies.

Regence BlueShield didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. The company has said that most kids are covered under family policies, with child-only individual plans only accounting for about 3 percent of its Washington state policies.