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Officer Candidates School prepares future soldiers while learning about the past

June 11, 2015 - 10:00
Officer Candidates School Class 58, 2nd Battalion (OCS), 205th Regiment explore and learn during a staff ride at Fort Worden in Port Townsend

Free earthquake preparedness forum for businesses June 17 in Kent

June 11, 2015 - 07:46
Forum slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at the facilities of Simpson Strong Tie-In Co., 22083 64th Avenue South Kent

Inslee announces appointment of Brian Stiles to Skagit County Superior Court

June 10, 2015 - 16:47

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the appointment of Brian Stiles to the Skagit County Superior Court. Stiles currently runs his own private law firm and also serves as the sole Judge of the Sedro-Woolley Municipal Court.

Washington Guard Marathon Team takes 1st in nation

June 10, 2015 - 15:17
The State of Washington National Guard Marathon Team finished first in the nation in the 38th annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon May 3

Ferguson's statement on debt relief offered to aggrieved Corinthian College students

June 10, 2015 - 14:40

OLYMPIA — Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued this statement today in response to the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Education outlining a new debt relief process for Corinthian Colleges, Inc. (“Corinthian”) students.

Attorney General will respond to opinion request on Pasco elections

June 10, 2015 - 10:40

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today his office will offer a formal opinion in response to a request from Senator Pam Roach related to the City of Pasco’s proposed district-only voting system.

In Opinion Docket No. 15-06-01, Roach asks: “May a non-charter code city subject to RCW 35A.12.180, having a large minority population, adopt a district-based general election procedure to avoid a potential violation of Section 2 of the Federal Voting Rights Act?”

AG: Guilty plea for adult family home owner in criminal mistreatment case

June 9, 2015 - 16:05

First conviction of healthcare provider for felony-level mistreatment

SEATTLE — A former adult family home operator pleaded guilty today to charges he criminally mistreated a man in his care.

The Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit charged Alfredo Tia with second-degree criminal mistreatment in King County Superior Court. Tia was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport April 22 as he returned from the Philippines.

Jail time for fake nurse who forged credentials to access Medicaid dollars

June 5, 2015 - 09:58

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that the King County Superior Court yesterday convicted Elene Allonce of forging a nursing license that she used to fraudulently serve as a Medicaid healthcare provider. Allonce is sentenced to six months in jail, the most time allowed for this 16-year-old crime.

Inslee announces formation of Subcabinet on Military Downsizing

June 4, 2015 - 15:48

Agencies to focus on coordinated state response to potential military reductions.

OLYMPIA – Governor Jay Inslee today announced the formation of a Subcabinet on Military Downsizing to address possible reductions in military force in the state.

We are hiring for our consumer hotline

June 4, 2015 - 13:07
The Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) is hiring an Insurance Technician 1 and building a register of qualified candidates who may be considered for other permanent or non-permanent Insurance Technician 1 positions in the Consumer Advocacy Program in the Consumer Protection Division that occur within the next six months.

This position provides clerical support to the Consumer Advocacy Program and answers and triages consumer hotline calls. Hotline responsibilities include assessing issues, providing routine departmental information, and routing calls to the appropriate unit, staff person or agency. This position assists insurance producers with the website and answers basic licensing questions.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Triaging calls and assisting consumer with Consumer Advocacy, Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisor (SHIBA) program, and Licensing inquiries on the hotline. 
  • Explaining basic insurance rules and procedures, answering questions and resolving problems involving insurance matters.
  • Providing information regarding actions insurance producers/brokers and applicants need to take to comply with licensing requirements.
  • Helping consumers and companies troubleshoot online application issues. 
Find more information or apply at

Inslee announces appointment of Vikki Smith as director of state Department of Revenue

June 4, 2015 - 11:25

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he is appointing Vikki Smith as director of the Washington State Department of Revenue.

State Supreme Court refers marijuana challenge to Court of Appeals

June 3, 2015 - 17:00

OLYMPIA — Today the Washington State Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law.

Instead, the justices referred MMH, LLC v. Fife to Division Two of the Washington Court of Appeals.

15-033 State Parks and SUBWAY® restaurants launch <i>Walk in the Park</i> statewide

June 3, 2015 - 14:15
State Parks and SUBWAY® are launching "Walk in the Park," beginning June 13 at participating SUBWAY® restaurants throughout the state. Show your Discover Pass at a participating SUBWAY® and receive a voucher for a great deal on a 6-in sandwich.

15-032 Experience the history of the fur trade years at Riverside State Park

June 3, 2015 - 12:10
The Friends of Lake Spokane House invite the public to a re-enactment of the local fur trade history Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14 at Riverside State Park. A special symposium will take place on Saturday.

Are insurers allowed to cancel homeowner policies?

June 3, 2015 - 11:30

Unfortunately, yes, an insurer can cancel or choose not to renew your homeowner policy at any time. Insurers are required to send you a written notice 45 days in advance, clearly listing the reason(s) for their actions. They are only required to give 10 days’ notice if the reason is nonpayment. Insurers are not prohibited from making a decision to cancel or not renew a homeowner policy due to claims history, the condition of your property, or failure to respond to their requests for underwriting data from you. Last summer, a few homeowners reported their insurers wanted to cancel their policies for homes located in the wildfire region in Eastern Washington. Insurers can also ask you to make changes to your property to remain insured, such as removing vegetation to create a fire break around your house, cleaning or repairing your roof, or making repairs to worn siding, etc.

Your insurance agent may be able to work with the insurer to retain coverage, possibly with a higher deductible or some other provision, such as a home inspection report that would provide the insurer with more information about the overall condition and care of the home and property. There’s no guarantee the insurer will continue the coverage, but it’s worth asking the question.

If you are unable to find coverage, you can get a quote from Washington Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan. It provides basic property insurance up to $1.5 million to people who can't get coverage. All Washington property insurers must participate and consumers must get a quote from a licensed insurance agent. Find a licensed insurance agent or broker.

Read more about what to do if your policy is canceled. Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.