OLYMPIA, Wash. – April 3, 2020 – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued an emergency order (PDF, 229KB) requiring a grace period of at least 60 days for all stand-alone dental plans certified by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange as qualified dental plans.

His order also clarifies that during grace period for dental plans and the earlier order he issued for many health insurance plans, the dental and health insurers are responsible for paying claims for all covered services during the first 30 days.

This order is in effect until May 23, 2020.

“These are critical times for all Washingtonians and we need to provide safe and flexible access to care,” Kreidler said. “I want people to know we’re watching out for them and are all working together to make sure insurance coverage is one thing they don’t need to worry about.”

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