Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Us, by the numbers...

With apologies to Harper's Index, here are some of the numbers we deal with as Washington state's insurance regulator:
  • 1,300+: Number of insurance companies, HMOs, etc. that we monitor.
  • 220: Number of employees we have.
  • $28 billion: How much Washingtonians spend on insurance coverage each year.
  • 6,000: Number of consumer complaints we try to solve, on average, per year.
  • $10 million: Amount we recover for consumers annually, on average, in delayed or wrongfully denied claims.
  • 95,000: the number of agents and brokers whose testing, licensing, continuing education and performance we oversee.
Got a problem? Give us a call at 1-800-562-6900, or file a complaint online. (And if you're not from Washington, find your state's insurance office here.)

Insurance news: Howard Hanson dam starting to fill, Iowa delays Wellmark rate hike, and new health plan targets an unusual clientele...

Kent Reporter: Howard Hanson Dam reservoir begins spring fill: Army Corps to monitor damaged abutment.

Seattle Times: National health insurance key to reshaping China's economy

Wall Street Journal: Health Reform Passes the Cost Test (partial story link)

Des Moines Register: State delays higher Wellmark rate

KJRH in Tulsa: Bill to seize uninsured vehicles advances

Philadelphia Inquirer: Would you buy insurance from her? Apparently. (Short profile of that ubiquitous pitchwoman for Progressive)

and lastly, from the Baltimore Sun: Wrestler's Rescue offering health insurance to pro wrestlers