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Beginning Dec 1 the North Head Lighthouse will be closed to the public, tours & weddings during 2016

November 2, 2015 - 09:18
The North Head Lighthouse will be under construction for the duration of 2016. Access to the interior of the lighthouse for tours and weddings will not be available, but the grounds will remain open."

Dorn Fights for Students in His 2016 Legislative Budget Request

November 2, 2015 - 09:00
State Superintendent Randy Dorn released his budget request last week in which he presses Gov. Jay Inslee and the Legislature to fulfill their constitutional duty to fully fund basic education.

Temporary campground closure at Penrose Point - Joemma will remain open till Penrose re-opens.

November 2, 2015 - 08:15
Temporary campground closure at Penrose Point due to storm damage - Joemma will remain open till Penrose re-opens as an option for campers that may be arriving. The day-use, moorage facilities, water trail site, group camp area will remain open.

Moda will honor health coverage according to current contracts

October 30, 2015 - 14:18
The announcement this week by Moda Health that it’s withdrawing from the Washington insurance market has understandably raised questions from its current enrollees.

Enrollees should be aware that their current policies will remain in effect according to the terms of the contracts. Moda said it will fulfill its obligations for plans signed on or renewed by Oct. 31, 2015. That includes policies that have already been sold that start on Nov. 1 or Dec. 1, 2015. Policies that start on Jan. 1, 2016 or later will be terminated.

That’s true for individual, small- and large-group employer plans.
Moda this week notified the Washington Health Benefit Exchange of its decision to quit doing business here. The Exchange is reaching out to its customers to let them know.

You can read that notification here.

In Washington state, Moda has:
  • About 18,000 people enrolled in the individual market inside and outside of the Exchange.
  • About 29,000 people covered through large-group plans.  
  • Another 900 enrolled in small-employer plans. 
Moda said it is withdrawing from Washington to focus on its business in Oregon and Alaska.

By the first week of November, the Oregon-based company is expected to notify all of its enrollees of its withdrawal from Washington.

Boards and commissions appointments by Governor Jay Inslee – October 2015

October 30, 2015 - 11:51

This is the latest monthly recap of board and commission appointments made by Gov. Jay Inslee during the month of October 2015.

Do you need flood insurance? Now is the time to do your research

October 29, 2015 - 08:10
Residents in Eastern Washington are facing increased risk of flooding after extreme wildfires the last two summers destroyed much of the vegetation there that would normally help prevent landslides and mudflows.

Flood damage is not covered by homeowner’s insurance. Consumers who want to protect their property must purchase a policy through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Most properties qualify for NFIP, as long as it is located in a community that participates in the NFIP.

NFIP has told to us that Okanogan County and most towns within the county will be able to purchase flood insurance.

Typically, there is a 30-day waiting period before your flood insurance policy takes effect. Here is information on how to find an agent near you who sells flood insurance policies through NFIP.

Read more about flood insurance: Are you protected against flood damage?

Eastern Washington fires burned down much of the vegetation that prevents flooding.
Photo courtesy Washington Military Department. 

Washington leaders honored for reducing toxics

October 28, 2015 - 12:40
Innovations like salmon-skin wallets, safer padding for gymnasts, greener laboratories, and reusing hazardous chemicals received “Safer Chemistry Champion Awards” Tuesday from the Washington Department of Ecology. Read more....

AG Ferguson cracks down on deceptive labeling of "organic" e-cigarette liquids

October 28, 2015 - 10:19

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced three actions to stop deceptive advertising and labeling by e-cigarette liquid — or e-liquid — manufacturers.

OIC partners with the American Indian Health Commission on Medicare training

October 28, 2015 - 09:42
 Terri Osborne, SHIBA, right, speaks with AIHC Executive Director Vickie Lowe. Earlier this year, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler signed a contract with the American Indian Health Commission (AIHC) to support providing Medicare and other related training to tribal staff throughout the state.

The Commissioner's State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) held its first quarterly training on Oct. 21 at Port Gamble S’Klallam tribal facilities in Kitsap County to 35 staff from several Western Washington tribes.

SHIBA will provide training throughout the year to tribes all over the state. Next up is a training in Spokane for tribes in the region.

The goal of the training to provide tribal assisters with information about Medicare eligibility, benefits and coordination with Medicaid for tribal elders and tribal members who need health care. Dale Ensign with SHIBA provides
training to tribal staff about Medicare.

WA's NAEP Scores Exceed National Average

October 28, 2015 - 08:00
The National Center for Education Statistics today released results for the 2015 National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP).

Interpreter charged with mileage and billing fraud repays Washington State

October 27, 2015 - 15:30

A Des Moines Spanish-language interpreter charged with overbilling the state has repaid more than $5,600 for mileage and patient appointments that authorities say never happened.

Input sought on Occidental cleanup in Tacoma

October 27, 2015 - 13:45
A new report detailing contamination and health concerns at the former Occidental Chemical Corporation site in the Tacoma tide flats will be used to evaluate potential cleanup strategies. Read more....

Inslee announces new effort to increase competitiveness of Washington life science and global health sector

October 27, 2015 - 08:36

A new Washington Life Science & Global Health Advisory Council met for the first time yesterday kicking off a concerted effort by Gov. Jay Inslee to strengthen what he says is one of the state’s highest potential innovation sectors.


  • Life Sciences & Global Health
  • Mold, mildew, rot typically not covered by homeowner's insurance

    October 27, 2015 - 07:45
    Living in the Northwest, it is not unusual for homeowners to discover mold, mildew or rot damage to their homes as a result of things like a leaking pipe, a hole in the roof, a failing window seal or improper venting.

    Such damage is considered wear and tear and is typically not covered by homeowner's insurance. Insurance is designed to cover sudden and accidental damage caused by specific perils, such as a windstorm, fire or explosion. Some policies may cover mold or mildew damage discovered and reported within two weeks of the leak that caused the damage and some insurers offer limited mold coverage. Consumers should check their policies to find out what is covered.  
    We do hear from consumers who are unhappy to find out this type of damage is not covered by their insurance. If the policy specifically excludes such damage, we can't compel the company to pay for the repairs. 
    Here are some perils that homeowner's insurance policies typically do not cover:
    • Earthquakes
    • Floods
    • Mold damage
    • Damage due to animals or rodents
    • Foundation settling 
    Read about more things insurance doesn't cover
    Questions? You can contact our consumer advocates online or at 1-800-562-6900.

    Grants ease drought hardships on Olympic Peninsula

    October 26, 2015 - 13:45
    It’s nearly the end of October with cooler temperatures and some fall rains returning, yet 68 percent of the state still remains in extreme drought. Read more....