Insurer Fined For Charging Wash. Students Incorrect Rates
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state insurance commissioner has fined an Indiana company $100,000 for charging Washington college students the wrong rates.
Unicare Life and Health Insurance sold over 8,000 insurance policies, primarily to international students, between 2004 and 2009. Most were short-term policies costing an average of $80 a month. The problem is, the company used unapproved methods to determine those rates. Unicare also excluded people from coverage whom they shouldn’t have. Rich Roesler is a spokesperson for the state’s insurance office.
Roesler: “The thing is, many of these things went on for four or five years at a time. So it’s hard for the company to argue that it was just an inadvertent oversight. This went on for quite a while with quite a few policies.”
Roesler says that’s why the state pursued a large monetary fine. Unicare has said they will pay. The $100,000 will go into the state’s general fund. Usually the state would’ve also asked the company to pay back clients they overcharged, Roesler says. But in this case, the state couldn’t determine who was charged what.
Copyright 2012 KUOW
New guitar composition evokes formation of the Grand Coulee
The Channeled Scablands of Eastern Washington couldn’t be further away from waterfront property. But at the end of the last ice age, the area was, at times, underwater. Torrential flooding cascaded through the area and created the current landscape, including the Grand Coulee.
Some 15,000 years later, that geological gravitas has inspired a composition for guitars.
Continue Reading New guitar composition evokes formation of the Grand Coulee
For tribes, welcoming salmon to the Upper Columbia is a reminder of ‘lifelong work’
Ira Stevenson preps salmon filets for the salmon bake after a First Salmon ceremony at Chief Joseph dam in north central Washington. (Credit: Courtney Flatt.) Listen (Runtime 4:04) Read The… Continue Reading For tribes, welcoming salmon to the Upper Columbia is a reminder of ‘lifelong work’
Tax credit revamp could mean more affordable housing
Houses under construction in Richland, Washington. More homes are needed in urban and rural areas, said Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell. (Credit: Lauren Paterson / NWPB) Listen (Runtime 00:53) Read The… Continue Reading Tax credit revamp could mean more affordable housing