OSPIRG Takes on Premium Spikes
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.
“Oregonians deserve strong accountability; they’re getting clobbered with excessive rate hikes. They need a fair watchdog to protect consumers and businesses,” said Laura Etherton, an advocate for OSPIRG, who’s leading the effort. In March the consumer advocacy group delivered 1,000 comments to state regulators against 19 percent premium increases by Regence Blue Cross BlueShield of Oregon.