Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Health Care & Wellness Committee

HB 1338

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Brief Description: Addressing the Washington state health insurance pool.

Sponsors: Representatives Cody, Schmick, Jinkins, Johnson, Robinson and Riccelli.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Removes the expiration date for non-Medicare coverage purchased through the Washington State Health Insurance Pool.

Hearing Date: 1/31/17

Staff: Jim Morishima (786-7191).


The Washington State Health Insurance Pool (WSHIP), Washington's high risk pool, provides coverage for:

The costs of coverage through the WSHIP is paid through premiums and assessments on health insurers. As of November 2016, the WSHIP had 425 enrollees in individual, non-Medicare coverage, and 1,043 enrollees in Medicare coverage.

After December 31, 2017, individual, non-Medicare coverage will no longer be offered through the WSHIP.

Summary of Bill:

The expiration date for individual, non-Medicare coverage purchased through the WSHIP is eliminated.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on January 26, 2017.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.