Centene Corp. will be allowed to resume selling healthinsurance plans in Washington state, three days after regulatorsordered a halt, saying the company failed to cover enough doctorsand other care providers.

Centene agreed to pay a$500,000 fine, submit to outside monitoring, and take steps toensure its customers have enough access to doctors and hospitals.If the company doesn’t comply, it could end up owing another $1million fine.

“They understand the seriousness of the violations and made acommitment today to correct them,” Mike Kreidler, the state’sinsurance commissioner, said in a statement. “We will be monitoringthe company very closely to make sure that policyholders areprotected and they receive the coverage they’ve paid for.”

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