How You Can Help
Ensure Washington’s Healthcare Exchange Plans Cover Care at Seattle Children’s
We are working hard to ensure all insurance plans offered on Washington’s Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) provide enrollees with access to healthcare they need at hospitals like Seattle Children’s.
Exchange plans from Group Health and Community Health Plan of Washington (Community HealthEssentials) include “in-network” coverage for care at Children’s. Seattle Children's also reached a verbal agreement with Molina Healthcare of Washington on the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2013, and is expected to become an in-network provider on the plans Molina offers through the state's Health Benefit Exchange. Other plans do not include Children's as an in-network provider, which is concerning because many of the services we provide are unique and not available anywhere else in the state, like acute cancer care, inpatient pediatric rehabilitation, level IV neonatal intensive care and heart, liver and intestine transplantation.
Washington’s Office of the Insurance Commissioner is responsible for ensuring all Washington state healthcare plans, including those on the Exchange, provide adequate coverage for enrollees.
Ways to Help
Please help us and the patients and families we serve by contacting Commissioner Mike Kreidler to:
- Urge him to require that Exchange insurers provide adequate coverage for enrollees, which includes care at Seattle Children’s.
- Share stories about how your family or others would be negatively impacted if your insurance plans didn’t include coverage at Seattle Children’s.
Commissioner Kreidler can be reached via his “Ask Mike” mailbox.
It would also be of help to send your message of concern to the Exchange’s Board of Directors via their mailbox.