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Hospital Profits Soar in 2014

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New data reveals that the majority of hospitals in Oregon are witnessing record breaking profit margins.

Oregon hospitals are earning higher profit margins than ever before, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. With fewer uninsured people walking into their doors and Medicaid boosting their bottom line, the operating margin –also known as profit – was at an all-time high at the end of 2014.

Democratic Leaders Spike Women’s Health Bill Over Abortion Issue

The bill would have codified Affordable Care Act protections for reproductive healthcare and brought Oregon insurance law in line with the federal government, but it divided Democrats, some of whom objected to language in the bill around abortion. The bill was stopped before it could have a public hearing.

The Democratic leadership of Oregon’s Legislature, including Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, has killed a bill that would have ensured a woman’s access to abortion and blocked sponsor and Health Chairwoman Sen.

1,582 Private Health Insurance Enrollments Climb 66,268 in 2014

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Financial analysis shows big sales by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, continued financial losses for Kaiser Permanente

The ranks of the privately insured continued to grow in Oregon last year.

The Affordable Care Act Is Turning Five Years Old!

Over 1.1 million Oregonians now have coverage, a 64 percent increase over 2013.

OPINION -- Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law five years ago, Oregonians have sent a powerful message: The Affordable Care Act is working, and the quality health coverage offered on the Health Insurance Marketplace is a product that consumers need, want and like.

Massive Expansion of Insured, Slow Growth of Workforce, Monopolies Create Cost Conundrum

Can we harmonize access, quality and the cost of healthcare? That’s the question panelists at Willamette University’s symposium on 21st Century Healthcare tried to answer – with data.

Peter Graven, health economist at OHSU’s Center for Health Systems Effectiveness, presented the latest report showing that, as of July, only 5.6 percent of Oregonians were still uninsured.  “Oregon had the largest increase in Medicaid driving a large decrease in the uninsured,” Graven said.

Dental Hygienists Struggle with Credentialing to Treat Low- Income Population

Current Medicaid law requires dental hygienists who practice independently to be credentialed individually with health insurers which limits their ability to care for people on the Oregon Health Plan.

Some intrepid dental hygienists in Oregon are looking to serve the state’s low-income, non-mobile and rural residents through a state certification that allows them to see patients without a dentist’s supervision.

Will the American Paradigm Begin to Shift from Being Big Business to a Human Rights Issue?

The author contends that everyone should have access to timely and adequate healthcare including dental care.

OPINION -- They say that once you’ve lived outside of your own country long enough, you feel like a foreigner when you return home. While living and working in Switzerland, I went to see my gynecologist in Geneva, who was educated in the U.S. He wanted me to have an MRI done right away.

Health Co-Op Wants More Transparency from Insurance Division

Oregon’s Health Co-Op, which has struggled to get a foothold in the Oregon insurance market, has proposed legislation to provide insurers a better appeal process while requiring the Insurance Division to better explain its rate-setting decisions for plans sold on the individual and small business markets.

The Oregon Health Co-Op wants significant changes to the state’s health insurance rate review program, which its president says will provide more transparency to the review process and a better chance for due process than currently exists.

Bill Dissolving Cover Oregon Heads to Governor, Over Oracle Complaints

Oracle, the much-maligned software company that failed to build a functional insurance exchange for Oregon, has threatened to stop Senate Bill 1 from taking effect, but the bill had broad bipartisan support in the House to move the remaining state insurance exchange functions to the Department of Consumer & Business Services.

Ten Republicans joined all the House Democrats in Salem on Friday to send Senate Bill 1 to Gov.

Single-Payer Activists Descend on Salem to Keep Grassroots Movement Alive

Sen. Michael Dembrow, the movement’s leader in the state Legislature, has reintroduced legislation to implement single-payer in Oregon. Broader support exists for a bill to provide state money to figure out how universal healthcare might work and be paid for in Oregon.

Labor unions and religious organizations joined Health Care for All Oregon to shut down Court Street in front of the Oregon State Capitol on Wednesday, for what’s become a biennial rally in support of a state single-payer health insurance program to replace the patchwork system currently in use i

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