Diane Lund-Muzikant

Regence Heads to Court in September

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A lawsuit against the state for stripping lucrative state employee contract will get its day in court

August 7, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon will have its day in court on Sept. 3. That’s when Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Alisha Fuchs will hear its case and also decide whether to move the venue to Marion County, which is being requested by the state. Originally, the court date had been set for Sept. 12.

Advantage Dental Acquisition Finalized

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After it sells part of its dental plan business to PacificSource Health Plan, Advantage Dental acquires a competitor
August 7, 2009 -- Advantage Dental has acquired the assets of Hayden Family Dentistry Group and many of its affiliated companies including West Coast Dental and Oregon Professional PC. 

Regence Sues Over Losing State Employee Contract

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Regence refutes that Providence earns better marks

July 31, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon refuses to accept defeat. The insurance giant has filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon after losing a multi-million dollar contract to its competitor, Providence Health Plans.

Complaints Lead to Fines on Insurers

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The relative number of complaints remained low, but state regulators took action in several cases

July 15, 2009 -- The number of complaints against health insurance companies remained flat in 2008 despite efforts by the Department of Consumer and Business Services to spread the word. Of the 30 companies based in Oregon, only 694 complaints were filed.

Insurance Tax Cost Shift All But Certain

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New tax to expand coverage to children and low-income adults will have everyone paying higher premiums

July 15, 2009 -- Employers will definitely feel the pain of an insurance tax that will help raise more than $115 billion to cover 115,000 uninsured children and low-income adults in Oregon over the next four years.

PacificSource Purchase Expands Market Share

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Once state regulators approve the purchase of Advantage Dental’s commercial business, PacificSource moves into the individual dental market

July 15, 2009 -- PacificSource Health Plans is gearing up for a tidal wave of new members when state regulators approve its $3.5 million purchase of Advantage Dental Plan’s commercial business.

FamilyCare Says State Could Cost Plan $7 Million

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One of the state's top Oregon Health Plan contractors says a system enrollment defect has plan losing members

July 8, 2009 -- FamilyCare intends to take legal action against the state unless Medicaid officials fix an enrollment problem that could cost them $7 million this year. It’s among 14 managed care plans that insure Oregon Health Plan members.

Kaufmann to Lead New Healthy Kids Office

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Advocate who led drive to insure children will now lead $11 million budget to fulfill plan

July 8, 2009 -- Cathy Kaufmann, MSW, has been tapped to lead the new office of Healthy Kids at the Department of Human Services. As the policy and communications director for Children First for Oregon, she was a strong advocate of the healthcare expansion that will provide coverage to 80,000 children during the next two years.

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