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Washington Commissioner Deems Zenefits’ Free Software Offer Illegal

This story has been updated with comment from Zenefits. Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler ordered Zenefits to cease free distribution of its employee benefits software, saying the tactic violates state insurance law against inducements. Washington is the first state to …

Washington Commissioner Elected for Fifth Term

Incumbent Mike Kreidler (D) will serve a fifth term as Washington’s insurance commissioner. Kreidler defeated Richard Schrock (R) with 60.13 percent of the vote in his bid for reelection. Schrock got 39.87 percent of the vote. Kreidler more than matched his performance in the …

Three Found Guilty of in Separate Insurance Fraud Cases in Washington

Insurance fraud cases investigated by Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s special investigations unit have resulted in felony convictions against three people. David Cook, 51, pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court of attempted first-degree theft. He is in Pierce County …

Washington Fines Regence BlueShield, Asuris Northwest Health $750K

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined Regence BlueShield and Asuris Northwest Health $750,000 for violating insurance regulations related to consumer access. The fine is for violations that occurred between January 2010 and June 2011. Kreidler says that the companies …

Washington Commissioner Fines Pet Insurer for Violating State Laws

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined a pet insurance company $150,000 for violating state laws. Kreidler sayid his agency issued fines in July against American Pet Insurance, which goes under the name Trupanion. It’s based in New York. Most …

Arrest Warrant Issued in Washington For Hole-in-One Scammer

Golf tournament insurance scammer and convicted felon Kevin Kolenda is wanted on a national extradition warrant after he failed to appear in Snohomish County Superior Court in Washington July 7 to face one felony charge for selling insurance without a …

Washington Doctor Charged with Stealing $359K In Disability, Unemployment Funds

A Washington physician faces charges in connection with insurance fraud following an investigation by the Washington Department of Insurance. Dr. Jian Xu, 59, faces felony charges in King County Superior Court of first-degree theft, filing a false insurance claim and forgery. …

Insurer Fossil Fuel Divestment Focus of Washington Climate Change Summit

Getting insurers to rid themselves of investments in fossil fuels, creating products to deal with climate change and helping the world better understand risk, were among the topics on Wednesday at a summit on the insurance industry and climate change. …

What University of Washington’s Climate Risk and Insurance Summit Has in Common with Paris

It may not be a climate change summit for the ages like last year’s Paris meeting in which world leaders hashed out a historic agreement to reduce carbon emissions, but it does have two things in common with the 2015 United …

Washington Commissioner Fines Insurance Professionals $113K

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines in April totaling $113,600 against insurance companies, agents and brokers who he said violated state insurance regulations. The list, which Kreidler’s office releases periodically, is broken down by insurance company and below that …