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Nearly 6,000 Oregonians who tried to buy individual health insurance were refused in first three months of this year

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.

Jun 5 2009
Sens. Edward Kennedy and Max Baucus
The option for a public health plan like Medicare has senators divided, forging compromise that would diminish plan
Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
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.
Jun 2 2009
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Advocates say the bill is too soft on insurance rate review, but there’s much to applaud

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
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After weeks of anticipation, legislators agree to tax hospitals and insurers

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
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The group's lobbyist says Oregon’s cost containment bill mostly succeeds, but falls short in holding industry accountable

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 28 2009
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Blue Cross, Regence BlueShield have a 'near-monopoly,' advocates say. But the companies say the new report is flawed
Originally at IdahoStatesman.com
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
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Physicians will no longer perform tubal ligations unless medically necessary

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
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What is the industry afraid of?

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 28 2009
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Days after a landmark deal at the White House, healthcare industry leaders said Obama got the story wrong
May 21, 2009 -- In the two weeks since a landmark announcement that healthcare industry leaders would trim their own growth by 1.5 percent per year, industry lobby groups behind the scenes were mounting million-dollar advertising campaigns against key planks in the Obama plan, reports the Washington Post.
May 22 2009
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The Regence president contends it's a better fit than Providence for public employees

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. 

May 21 2009

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