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A Victory for the Health of the Nation

Statement by OCPP policy analyst Janet Bauer on Supreme Court ruling in King v. Burwell

Today's Supreme Court decision is a victory for the health of our country. Millions of families across the nation can have peace of mind that the federal subsidies that make it possible for them to afford health insurance will remain in place.

Growing Pains For State Obamacare Exchanges

The states that set up their own insurance marketplaces have nothing to lose in King V. Burwell, the big Supreme Court case that will be decided by the end of June. But that doesn’t mean those states are breathing easy.

Health Republic Hopes to Recoup $10.5 Million from Risk Corridor

Those dollars represent the higher costs experienced by Health Republic from medical claims and are partially response for its 38 percent rate request for individual plans in 2016.

Moda Health isn’t the only Oregon insurer expecting to receive millions of dollars because its individual members had significantly higher medical claims last year – in what’s known as the federal risk corridor program created under the Affordable Care Act.

Current Reform Efforts Are Not Sustainable

In this first-part series, the author maintains that we need to stimulate rethinking on how we view healthcare and do business, and that it’s essential to understand Complex Systems.

OPINION -- Healthcare reform has been a persistent failure. After four decades, the future of healthcare remains economically unsustainable. The physician workforce is demoralized and at the point of leaving.

Oregon Insurers Sidestep ACA With Small Group and Individual Plans

A new report shows that some small employers may be missing out on important consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by purchasing heath insurance through an association health plan (AHP).

Some professional and trade associations offer AHPs as a benefit to their members, but in other instances, associations are created solely as a way to market and sell health insurance.

Oregon Starts Efforts to Hold Insurers More Responsible for Costs

Remarks by leading Democrats, including Sen. Alan Bates and Gov. Kitzhaber, give credence to the new set of tools that Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali plans to implement in the health insurance rate approval process for the individual and small business markets.

Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali briefed legislators Thursday, promising a few improvements to tack onto Oregon’s already robust health insurance rate approval process for the individual and small business markets, and offering a window into the state’s goals for holding down the cost of medicin


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