Government agencies continue to voluntarily disclose online substantial portions of their work, including disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, as well as accountability and performance measures. But often the key links to those Web pages are scattered here and there, in different nooks and crannies of an agency Web site.
We’ve begun to consolidate useful links to key government publications and data at our own government resource pages for Seattle, and King County and regional governments, the state of Washington, the U.S. government, and local governments in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.
But there’s always more that fits through our sieve. From Rich Roseler, Public Affairs Director for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner of Washington state, comes a handy compendium of online insurance consumer information resources.
Washington state Insurance Commissioner’s Office, Consumer Information Resources
Agent/company lookup (contact info, disciplinary cases, types of insurance, history with a company, etc.).
Health insurance rate hike requests including email notification and opportunities for public comment.
File a complaint against an agent, broker. or insurer.
Reports on financial health of insurance companies operating in Washington state.
Reports on th market conduct of insurance companies operating in Washington state.
Washington Insurance Commissioner annual reports, which include how much of a particular line of insurance is sold – e.g. earthquake, auto, homeowners, health, etc. – and by whom.
From the commissioner’s office, there’s also an online guide to appealing claim denials by health care insurers, a tool about which we published a tutorial earlier this year.