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Oregon hospitals made more than $325 million in profit last year, down from 2007

November 4, 2009 -- With health reform dominating the headlines, everyone’s poised on keeping costs under control. Dr. Chuck Kilo, CEO of Greenfield Health, knows one of the major culprits -- non-profit hospitals in Oregon. They’re making significant amounts of money, and are extremely profitable.

Nov 4 2009
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How badly plans want new members can be glimpsed through the enrollment process

 

Nov 4 2009
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Oregon physicians identify no one easy solution

This is the first story in a five-part series on the shortage of primary care in Oregon. 
November 4, 2009 -- The dwindling shortage of primary care physicians threatens to haunt the Oregon Health Plan when 115,000 newcomers enter the fold early next year.

Nov 4 2009
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Over the past year, medical costs for state employees grew 12.6 percent

November 4, 2009 --- Unless medical costs drop by 2.6 percent next year, the Public Employees Benefit Board may be forced to dip into its reserves.

Nov 4 2009
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After the state denied a certificate of need for a 12-bed hospital, the Columbia Health District has asked for a hearing

November 4, 2009 -- The Columbia Health District Board of Directors voted unanimously Oct. 28 to ask the state for an informal hearing on the proposed denial of the application to build a small 12-bed hospital in St. Helens.

The deadline for submitting the letter of request was Nov. 2. The hearing will be set within 15 days, unless there is a request for an extension.

Nov 4 2009
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Starting Jan. 1, kids whose families earn between 200-300 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible
October 27, 2009 -- When state officials announced the health insurers that will participate
Oct 27 2009
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The Oregon Insurance Division says no exemptions to public disclosure on rate filings
October 27, 2009 -- State regulators at the Oregon Insurance Division are getting the thumbs up from health insurance reform advocates who say they’ve drawn a firm line in the first draft of rules to tighten the way they regulate health insurance premiums.

Oct 27 2009
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Foster children and pregnant women are the first targets
 
Oct 27 2009
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CEOs pin their hopes on value-based health plans that debut next year

 October 27, 2009 -- The public option debated in Congress won’t gain any traction with Oregon’s insurance executives who keep comparing the proposal to traditional Medicare, claiming it’s a broken system in need of serious repair.

Oct 27 2009
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If the Indian Health Care Improvement Act is any indication, the debate has just begun

October 27, 2009 -- How long will the health care reform debate drag on? The Hill newspaper says “deep into December and possibly beyond by a lengthy floor debate.”

If that seems like a long time, consider that the reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act has been pending since 1999.

Last week hearings were held in the U.S. House of Representatives to move that legislation forward. Again.

Oct 27 2009

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