Regence donated $236,000 to political candidates and causes in a failed attempt to shift control of the Legislature to Republicans, according to records filed with the Secretatry of State.
Christopher David Gray
August 27, 2013 — Health insurance companies have poured more than $550,000 into state and local elections in Oregon since the start of 2011, with over 40 percent of that money spent by Regence BlueCross BlueShield, which invested $236,000 in its preferred candidates and causes.
At the same time, its health insurance enrollment has grown by 34 percent over the past two years.
August 27, 2013 -- Moda Health, which has purchased the naming rights for the Rose Garden basketball arena, appears to have adequate resources to afford the deal, according to insurance reports filed with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
During 2012, it earned $5.3 million in net profits on top of its investments in the stock and bond market.
Looking at the executive compensation among health insurance executives in 2012, John Stellmon, who retired from Regence last April, was the highest paid, earning $1.8 million, a 537% increase from 2011
April 17, 2013 – The profit margins of Oregon’s health insurance companies remained razor thin last year, but that didn’t hinder any of their top executives from taking home bigger paychecks.
All of Kaiser's hospitals walked away with the highest profit margin in 2011 followed by OHSU Hospital and Adventist Medical Center, while Tuality Community Hospital ended up in the red
April 5, 2013 -- This story is the fourth in a series that is examining the state of Oregon hospitals. Today, the Lund Report looks at OHSU Hospital, Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center, Adventist Medical and Tuality Community Hospital.
Earlier stories in the series covered:
At almost the same time, the Portland City Council made a unanimous decision to offer such coverage, becoming the third governmental body after Multnomah County and the city-county of San Francisco
July 7, 2011 -- On June 21, Alec Esquivel, a transgender man who works for the state of Oregon as a legal clerk, filed suit against the Public Employees Benefit Board for failing to cover surgeries and hormone treatments he needs to complete gender transitioning.
Rates go up by at between 4-9 percent for Providence, Kaiser and ODS plans
May 4, 2011 -- The Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) met last Thursday and voted to approve plan design changes and rate renewals for its health plans.
A recent analysis shows that 99 percent of employees who had Providence or ODS insurance filed a medical or pharmacy claim
October 26, 2010 -- School district employees continue using more healthcare services than their national counterparts, according to consultants for the Oregon Educators Benefit Board.
Insurance executives gather in Portland to discuss the implications of federal health reform and find ways to control costs
September 28, 2010 -- No one denies that federal health reform is going to increase costs, but even the top ranking insurance executives in Oregon acknowledge they can’t quantify that number.
The health information technology organization will partner with OHSU and Kaiser’s Center for Health Research
Regence is one of seven Blue Cross plans the consumer group accuses of hoarding a record surplus while drastically raising rates
July 29, 2010 -- Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance companies across the country have defended record surplus levels showcased in a Consumers Union report last week, and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon is no exception.