October 14, 2009 -- People rejected by insurance companies because of pre-existing conditions will pay 12.5 percent more for health coverage through the high risk pool starting Jan. 1.
That decision was approved by a 7-1 vote of the Oregon Medical Insurance Board on Oct. 13. C.J. McLeod, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of ODS Health Plan, cast the only dissenting vote, preferring to raise rates by 15 percent similar to last year. “Otherwise we move backward,” he said.