April 23, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield has suffered a major defeat, losing a statewide contract worth millions of dollars to Providence Health Plans.
April 30, 2009 -- Advocates of a single-payer healthcare system believe it’s time for organized medicine to take a decisive stand. When the Oregon Medical Association held its annual meeting in Eugene on April 25-26, physicians hotly debated the issue. A ballot will be mailed to its 350 voting members with a decision anticipated in the coming month.
April 15, 2009 -- Seniors who belong to Medicare Advantage plans may be charged higher premiums and receive fewer benefits next January. This comes on the heels of an announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which intends to reduce payments to managed care plans.
April 15, 2009 -- The Oregon insurance industry faces a showdown from consumer advocacy groups, small businesses and unions that want stronger regulation of premium increases.
Those who know my work as an investigative journalist may wonder why it’s taken me so long to resume my career. Few of you know about the near tragedy that almost ended my life.
April 9, 2009 -- Despite these turbulent economic times, the majority of Oregon’s insurance executives took home heftier paychecks last year, while watching their company’s profit margins and enrollment shrink.
April 9, 2009 -- The battle is heating up over a proposed tax that would require hospitals and health insurers to pay for an expansion of the Oregon Health Plan.