OSPIRG Foundation

Over $24 Million in Waste Cut from 2015 Health Insurance Premiums

Advocacy and research organization's report requests increased transparency and more justification for cost increases from insurers.

Close scrutiny of proposed health insurance premiums for 2015 has cut over $24 million in waste and unjustified costs from premiums for Oregon consumers and small businesses, according to a new

PacificSource Rate Hike Will Hit 14.5% for Some Small Businesses

OSPIRG Foundation to testify at public hearing on rate hike scheduled for September 24

September 21, 2012 -- More than 36,000 Oregonians with small group health coverage will see rate hikes of 8.62% on average, and as high as 14.5%, if the premium rate hike proposed by PacificSource Health Plans goes forward. 

“Health care already costs more than it should,” said Jesse O’Brien, OSPIRG Foundation Health Care Advocate. “Many Oregon businesses simply cannot afford rate hikes like this in today’s economy.”

Regence Rate Hike Not Justified

OSPIRG Foundation analysis finds problems, gaps in insurer’s rate filing
August 8, 2012 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon’s proposal to raise rates for Oregonians with individual health insurance plans does not measure up, according to a new OSPIRG Foundation analysis released today. OSPIRG Foundation’s analysis can be viewed online at the following

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Rate Hike to Reach 16.4 Percent for Some Customers

The rate increase comes amidst rising deductibles and changing provider networks

July 9, 2012 -- More than 52,000 Oregonians with individual health insurance plans will see rate hikes of 9.6% on average, and as high as 16.4%, if the premium rate hike posted today by Regence BlueCross BlueShield goes forward.

At the same time, customers in lower-deductible plans will face out-of pocket costs starting at $2,500 before coverage kicks in, and consumers in the Portland metro area may need to change providers.

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