2013 Oregon Legislature

Shields and Holvey Want Unlawful Trade Act to Cover Insurers

The powerful insurance industry is currently the only business in Oregon exempt from the act. Proposed legislation would remove that exemption and allow the Attorney General and injured parties to sue for fraud.


March 18, 2013 — Sen. Chip Shields, D-Portland and Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, rolled out legislation last week that would open up the insurance industry to torts under the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act and allow the attorney general to sue insurers for fraud.

House Committee OKs Hospital Assessment Increase

Oregon leverages money from its larger hospitals to get federal matching dollars for Medicaid, and the rate will go up to 5.32 percent to help fund a performance bonus pool for coordinated care organizations


March 12, 2013 — The House Health Committee unanimously passed House Bill 2216, renewing and extending the hospital assessment tax used to help fund the Oregon Health Plan.

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