Monday, January 24, 2011

Non-profit health insurer surpluses: Hearings scheduled for Weds and Thurs

The state House of Representatives and state Senate are holding hearings this week on some of our key bills.

We want to:
  1. Limit the rate increases of nonprofit health insurers once they build up a large cash surplus.
  2. Make health insurer rate filings public, like Oregon does. Much of the data is now considered a trade secret, meaning we can't release it.
  3. Renew our authority -- now set to expire at the end of this year -- to review individual health insurance rates.
The first hearing only includes the surplus bill, HB 1301/SB 5247. It's at 8 a.m. on Wednesday in Hearing Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building, on the capitol campus in Olympia.

The second hearing -- which includes all three bills mentioned above -- is at 10 a.m. on Thursday in Hearing Room B of the John L. O'Brien Building, which is also on the capitol campus in Olympia.

Job opening: .NET application developer

We have a project job opening for a .NET application developer at our Tumwater office. The application period closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

This position will serve as a senior software developer for the agency, responsible for:

...analyzing system and business requirements, completing assigned coding and development assignments in accordance with defined project timelines and quality expectations, preparing user screen mockup and prototypes, preparing "developer" test cases and performing system testing and data verification. This position will perform this work using .NET programming skills including C#, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, MS SQL stored procedures and triggers.

The position, which is funded by a federal grant related to health care reform, is expected to last until Oct. 15, 2011.

For more, please see the full job listing.