Continue our work on health care reform
Washington has made incredible strides in its health care system since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The uninsured rate has dropped to a record low with more than 900,000 state residents gaining coverage. Premiums have been kept down at the same time. I will continue my leadership to ensure the full promise of health care reform – better health care at lower cost. I’ve also worked hard to bring increased transparency and consumer protections to Washington’s health insurance market, ensuring that consumers have access to the care they paid for. I will continue to work with our partners to ensure that new health plans expand to every corner of our state.
Ensure consumers get a fair deal
My primary duty is to protect consumers. Insurance is a big business – bringing in over $30 billion annually to the state. My office is committed to helping individual consumers whose claims have been unfairly delayed or denied. Since 2001, my office has helped consumers recover an average of $10 million every year from insurance companies.
Protect the environment
Consumers need insurance policies that will protect their property from the harmful effects of climate change. I have been at the forefront of making sure that insurance companies recognize the risks posed by climate change and protect their policyholders. I will continue to be vocal on this issue as the head of the climate change forum for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
Maintain a healthy business climate
Insurance is an important industry in Washington. I’ve earned a reputation as a fair and balanced regulator. I will continue my work to make sure consumers get the protection they need and that those who earn a living in the insurance business are treated fairly.