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Regence wants a 19 percent rate increase while a former state senator says political pressure influenced last year’s 26 percent rate-hike approval

April 3, 2009 -- Attorney and former Oregon Senator Charlie Ringo accused government watchdogs who oversee the Oregon health insurance industry of an “outrageous breach of public trust.”

Apr 6 2009
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Hospital bills leave Susan Braig $40,000 in debt. And she had insurance
Originally on NPR Morning Edition
April 2, 2009 -- Having health insurance is no guarantee that cancer won't bankrupt you. Even people with insurance can run up large debts for cancer care, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Apr 2 2009
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A look inside health insurance underwriting reveals women pay more.
Originally on NPR's Morning Edition
April 2, 2009 -- During the last economic bust, I got laid off and couldn't afford the monthly COBRA payments for my health insurance. I applied for an individual plan through Blue Cross.
Apr 2 2009
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One-in-three Oregonians spent part of last two years uninsured.
Originally at Public News Service
April 1, 2009 -- About one in three Oregonians younger than age 65 has gone without health insurance for at least a portion of the last two years, according to a new report from Families USA, a national health care reform advocacy group.
Apr 1 2009
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Another AMA lawsuit over out-of-network charges puts the bigger problem in focus
Originally at Miller-McCune.com
March 26, 2009 -- The mainstream media dog-piled yesterday onto a story about the most recent lawsuit filed by the American Medical Association and other medical societies that accuses another insurance company — this time WellPoint, the nation's largest — of price-fixing.
Apr 1 2009
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The National Labor Relations Board sides with SEIU over dispute with Oakland dissidents
Originally in San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2009 -- The effort by a new labor union to represent 14,000 Catholic Healthcare West workers in California has been dismissed by a National Labor Relations Board regional director who ruled that the contract between the employees' longtime union, Service Employees International Union, and the hospital chain bars such overtures.
Apr 1 2009
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Kirk Nielsen takes the pulse of the nation's emergency health care costs by passing out and getting gouged.
Originally at Miller-McCune.com
March 30, 2009 -- There's really no good time or place for a blackout, though some are significantly worse than others. Mine, one subzero evening in downtown St. Paul, Minn., last December, fell solidly on the inauspicious side of the spectrum.
Apr 1 2009
McMullan

Dr. Bart McMullan, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, will step down later this spring, but remain with Regence in a different capacity. His replacement is expected to be appointed in July. In 2008, McMullan earned $767,161, which included a bonus of $365,912.

Mar 26 2009

Keith Forrester has joined Kaiser Permanente as director of regional large group sales and account management. Most recently he held a similar role at Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon where he successfully achieved new business, retention and profitability goals. He brings 18 years experience in insurance sales. Before joining Regence, Keith was sales manager with Prudential Group Insurance and held several sales positions with Standard Insurance. He holds an MBA in marketing from the University of Oregon.

Mar 26 2009

Mike Cerdan left Regence to join Kaiser Permanente as its manager of regional large group sales. He was the manager of account executives with Regence for 2 1/2 years and earlier spent 10 years with the Premera family of companies; the last seven with LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon. He began his insurance career as an underwriter with MetLife in 1986 and is a graduate of CSU Sacramento.

Mar 26 2009

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