Steven Findlay

Oregon And Other States Leverage Federal Funds To Help Insurers Lower Premiums

Reinsurance programs, which are gaining in popularity across the country, use federal money to help pay insurers who cover patients with high medical bills. They've helped curtail premium increases in Oregon.

When Tracy Deis decided in 2016 to transition from a full-time job to part-time contract work, the loss of her employer’s health insurance was not a major worry because she knew she could get coverage through the marketplace set up by the Affordable Care Act.

Potential Hospital Sale to For-Profit Company Sparks Worries

Residents fear the sale of a longtime community hospital, considered an "essential" resource, to a for-profit health care system could curtail the broad sweep of care.

Mission Health, the largest hospital system in western North Carolina, provided $100 million in free charity care last year. This year, it has partnered with 17 civic organizations to deliver substance abuse care to low-income people.

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