2012 special legislative session

Mental Health Carve Out Bill Faced Governor’s Veto

The bill would have required the state to pay for drugs that treat mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer and immunosuppressant disorders

March 12, 2012—A bill that would have required the state to continue paying for drugs used for mental illnesses, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and immunosuppressant drugs until 2016 died in the last days of the Legislature, blocked by the House and facing a veto threat from Governor Kitzhaber.

Oregon’s Health Insurers Remained Financially Viable in 2010

A new report released by the Department of Consumer and Business Services found that these insurers averaged a 3 percent profit that year

March 2, 2012 -- An Oregon House committee heard the annual report on health insurance in an informational session earlier this week.

The report, issued in January by the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) contains information about how Oregon's seven largest health insurers are doing financially.

Insurance Exchange Bill Moves Toward Floor Vote, with Amendment Relating to OEBB Opt-Out

School districts will now have a role in helping the insurance exchange choose the benefit plans that will be offered

March 2, 2012—After weeks of being stuck in the Legislature’s budget committee, the bill allowing Oregon’s health insurance exchange to proceed toward implementation is moving toward a House and Senate vote —along with a little baggage in the form of a completely unrelated amendment supported by Republicans.

The legislation is expected to easily pass both chambers.

Insurance Exchange’s Request to Pursue Its Own Health Coverage Met with Skepticism

Rocky King, executive director of the exchange, wants to try out some innovative coverage models prior to small businesses purchasing coverage through the exchange

February 2, 2012—An unexpectedly heated debate transpired in the House Health Care Committee yesterday over whether the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange’s 11 staff members should be able to seek their own healthcare coverage rather than be covered by the Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB), which provides benefits to state employees.

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