June 5, 2009 -- At a time when more Oregonians try to find health insurance in the individual market, insurers stepped up the number of people they refused to cover.
June 2, 2009 -- The Obama administration and Senate Democrats are debating a health care reform outline that will insist upon a public option for insurance but leave open the possibility for it to be kicked in via triggers.
May 28, 2009 -- A comprehensive health reform package winding its way through Oregon’s Legislature promises to reduce costs while improving quality.
May 28, 2009 -- Uninsured Oregonians can rejoice. Legislative leaders reached agreement on a hospital and health insurance tax to cover 140,000 Oregonians. Together their dollars will result in $2 billion in federal matching funds over the next four years and create an estimated 3,600 new healthcare jobs.
May 28, 2009 -- House Bill 2009 includes important steps forward in some key areas of health care costs and quality. In other areas, the bill falls short of what’s needed to address the problem of rising health insurance and out-of-pocket costs facing families and businesses.
May 23, 2009 -- Blue Cross of Idaho and Regence BlueShield of Idaho, the state's two biggest health insurers, can charge customers as much as they want because they have little competition, a new study says.
May 28, 2009 -- A huge pot of money awaits Willamette Falls Hospital when it aligns with Providence Health & Services -- $55 million – for a new patient tower, recruiting physicians and expanding oncology and cardiology services. The hospital’s foundation will also receive a $3.5 million donation.
May 28, 2009 -- We appear to be closing in on the next generation of health care reform with expectations of action by Congress as early as this summer. One of the most contentious questions is whether the introduction of a new government run, public plan should be included. Would this be the mother of all unfunded entitlements?
May 21, 2009 -- After losing a multi-million dollar contract it’s held for over 20 years, Regence BlueCross BlueShield is fighting back. It’s trying to persuade officials that they made a serious mistake by choosing their competitor, Providence Health Plans, as the statewide PPO for 102,507 public employees and their dependents.