Two of the state's three largest health insurers report gains in their surpluses, just as Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler continues to argue that the funds those nonprofits have amassed go far beyond what might be needed
Carol M. Ostrom
Republished courtesy of Kaiser Health News and the Seattle Times
Two press releases from Regence officials don’t reveal the whole story about what led to those leadership changes
September 29, 2011 – To an outsider, it sounded as if nothing significant happened when Regence officials sent two press releases yesterday acknowledging that Jared Short had changed roles with Bill Barr to lead the company’s health insurance plans in its four-state region – Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Utah. Short had been president of the Oregon health plan, and is now executive vice president of health insurance services.
Several Oregon health insurers posted lower premium rate increases than previously expected
June 30, 2011 – State regulators at the Oregon Insurance Division plan to take an additional few weeks to consider the proposed 22.1 percent average annual increase on Regence BlueCross BlueShield individual health plans.
The grant will help develop a toolkit so hospitals can disclose mistakes
From the Oregon Patient Safety Commission
June 24, 2011 -- The Regence Foundation announced that it has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission to develop a tool kit and implementation strategy to help hospitals alert Oregonians in the event that they have been harmed by a medical error. The grant is part of The Regence Foundation’s annual employee-nominated grant competition.
Close to 200 people showed up to voice their opinion
June 3, 2011 – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon President Jared Short defended a proposed 22.1 percent average annual rate increase on individual plan holders Thursday during a rare public hearing that drew close to 200 people.
Short said the reason for the proposed increase had to do primarily with rising medical costs.
“There’s nothing about this rate increase that I feel good about,” Short said. “The reality is Oregonians are in a place where families are facing increased costs.
The largest commercial health plan in Oregon wants a 22.1 percent average increase
May 3, 2011 – The Oregon Insurance Division announced today it plans to hold a rare public hearing for a proposed 22.1 percent average premium increase on Regence BlueCross BlueShield individual plan holders.
Oregon Insurance Division defends process past and present
March 31, 2011 -- The Oregon Court of Appeals will revisit today one of the largest health insurance rate increases to hit Oregon consumers, a 26 percent average hike on Regence individual plan holders nearly three years ago.
A strongly worded letter to legislators carries a simple message: “We cannot support Senate Bill 99-3”