OIC Provides Webinars on E2SHB Balance Billing Reconciliation, Updates Notice of Consumer Rights

April 20, 2022

On March 31, 2022, Governor Inslee signed E2SHB 1688 (Chap. 263, Laws of 2022) which aligns portions of the state’s Balance Billing Protection Act to the federal No Surprises Act and adds new provisions. The law went into effect on that date. WSHA is in the process of drafting a Bulletin to members summarizing key components of E2SHB 1688 which will be released soon.  The state Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is providing a series of Zoom webinars regarding E2SHB 1688 and the changes.  There are five separate webinars with specific content for carriers, arbitrators, behavioral health providers and organizations, consumers, and providers, but interested parties can register for any that are of interest at the links below.

Section 13 of the law directs OIC to develop standard template language for a notice of consumer rights that informs consumers of their balance billing protections under the BBPA and the NSA. OIC has updated its E2SHB 1688 Consumer Notice to better align with statutory requirements and meet both BBPA and NSA requirements.  Health plans subject to the BBPA, carriers, providers and facilities must provide the revised notice to patients and post on their website beginning May 6, 2022.  (Andrew Busz, andrewb@wsha.org)


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