OLYMPIA, Wash.- Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5319 into law on April 6 that will provide a regulated pet insurance marketplace.
The new law requires disclosures about coverage as well as training and licensing for insurance companies.
The bill is based on a model policy made by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
This will allow easy comparisons across different plans.
SB-5319 will offer more clarity on issues such as pre-existing condition exemptions, waiting periods and co-pays.
David Henrikson is from Kennewick and he is a pet owner himself.
Henrikson says when he was younger, his family had a dog with multiple health issues.
The dog was hit by a car and tells me they had to take the dog up to Washington State University for treatment.
Henrikson says his stepdad had to make a decision to pay $10,000 for treatment.
He says they paid the money and kept the dog alive.
Henrikson has a 3-year-old dog named Jordy and says the dog is in good health but this new bill would be welcomed.
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