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What to do if You Have Problems Connected with Health Care
Source: American Bar Association

General guidance on what people can do if they have problems with the care they receive under health plans. Topics covered include: what to do if the plan refuses to cover treatment; whether people have a claim if the plan does not live up to promises in a brochure; whether people can recover from a plan for a doctor's mistake; and whether people can recover from a plan for negligence. Also includes definitions to several terms which relate to claims against health plans, including respondent superior, apparent authority, and corporate negligence liability.
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Washington DSHS Forms (Including Forms Relating to Medical Assistance)
Source: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Links to online forms for people who are applying for or appealing decisions regarding medical assistance. Forms include applications and a request for a fair hearing.
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Health Insurance: Patient's Bill of Rights Index
Source: Washington State Insurance Commissioner

Describes Washington's Patient Bill of Rights, which includes rights relating to privacy, disclosure of health plan benefits and exclusions, access to providers, redress for damages for failing to follow accepted standards of care, grievance procedures for denial of claims, and independent third party review of appeals. Includes detailed lists of who is covered and not covered by the Patient Bill of Rights.
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Health Insurance Frequently Asked Questions
Source: Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Common questions and answers about health insurance coverage in Washington. Topics covered include rights upon separation from employment, preexisting conditions, self-funded plans, and the guaranteed ability to obtain individual health insurance in Washington.
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Insurance Factsheet: Options in the Individual Market
Source: Washington State Insurance Commissioner

Overview of issues consumers should consider when purchasing health insurance in Washington. Topics covered include: determining insurance needs, the three different types of health insurance in Washington, including health maintenance organizations (HMOs), health care service contractors (HCSCs), and commercial insurance companies, health screening, the individual market, and the Washington State Health Insurance Pool, managed care, and insurance agents. Also includes a list of precautions consumers should take when buying health insurance, and a list of some of the major health insurance companies in Washington.
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