This December, many consumers have more than just holiday shopping on their to-do lists. Individuals and families who buy their own coverage are also looking at their health insurance options for 2014.
At the direction of Gov. Kitzhaber, the Oregon Health Policy Board has adopted an OSPIRG Foundation-backed proposal to address the rising cost of health care.
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October 3, 2013 -- With the main parts of the Affordable Care Act now going into effect, OSPIRG has launched a statewide education campaign reaching out to students with facts about the changes, and tips to help them find the right coverage for themselves.
July 11, 2013 -- Oregonians with cancer, heart disease, epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs, according to a report released today by the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) and Community Catalyst.
March 26, 2012 -- PacificSource should provide more details to justify its proposed rate hike on small businesses, according to a new OSPIRG Foundation analysis. If approved, the insurer will raise rates 5.56% on average beginning in July, affecting 35,224 Oregonians enrolled in coverage through a small business employer.
March 19, 2012 -- PacificSource is proposing to raise rates an average of 5.56% on small businesses, affecting 35,224 Oregonians enrolled in coverage through a small business employer. The insurer will explain its justification for the rate increase at a hearing held by the Oregon Insurance Division.
March 6, 2012 -- Consumers might see decent affordable coverage on the horizon, now that Oregon lawmakers have given the green light for the new Health Insurance Exchange.
“This is good news for consumers,” said Laura Etherton, OSPIRG health insurance advocate, “But our work has only begun – the devil will be in the details.”
Passage of the exchange law marks the beginning of the next phase in setting up Oregon’s new health insurance marketplace, a phase that consumers and small businesses will be watching closely.