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Legislators Begin Working on Insurance Coverage for Autism

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Paul Terdal, who has two sons diagnosed with autism, has been shepherding the legislation since 2009

May 7, 2012 -- Although Oregon’s next legislative session is 10 months away, work is already beginning on legislation to establish requirements for health insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders and streamline the process of obtaining care.

A closed door work session was held at the Capitol on May 1, and included legislators, insurance industry representatives and autism advocates such as Portland resident Paul Terdal, the father of two autistic sons.

Court Ruling Denies CUP Injunction Request

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Lawmakers expect veto of budget proviso

April 30, 2012 -- Legislators representing Clark County are disappointed by a court ruling last week that will keep Columbia United Providers (CUP) out of Medicaid in Washington state starting July 1.

The health plan, owned by PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and other area providers, had filed an administrative appeal with the state’s Health Care Authority after contracts were awarded to Centene and Molina, two out-of-state, publicly-traded insurance companies.

Physicians Able to Bypass Insurers Under New Law

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Patients pay a monthly fee for basic health services but would still need insurance for specialized care and hospital coverage

April 25, 2012 -- In the nearly three decades as a primary care physician, Steven Butdorf has taken care of people without health insurance who’ve earned too much to qualify for government assistance. Now that the Insurance Division has issued new rules for retainer practices, Butdorf can bypass insurance companies and offer discounts to his patients. Those rules came about following passage of Senate Bill 86 in the 2011 Legislature.

CUP Awaits Ruling in HCA Medicaid Case

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Program exclusion prompts reaction from legislative delegation

April 12, 2012 -- For nearly two decades, Columbia United Providers (CUP) has prided itself on creating a healthcare model that works for patients and providers in the most cost-effective manner possible.


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