Update: The article has been appended with comments from Cover Oregon staff.
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With more than 8 million Americans now accessing health insurance through new options in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has never been a more crucial time for policymakers and insurance plans to act to save lives–and public dollars—by expanding and easing access to tools and treatments to h
The Insurance Division has wrapped up its public hearings for proposed health insurance plan changes, with the last ones on Monday. The hearings and a review are required for all individual and fully insured small business health plans sold in Oregon.
The state has stepped in to solve an unintended consequence of the Affordable Care Act -- reproductive health providers had gotten paid less to cover women insured by Medicaid than they did from an existing state program designed specifically to offer free contraceptive services.
The Oregon Insurance Division is responding to concerns about inadequate networks on Cover Oregon and intends to ask the Legislature for authority to regulate health insurance networks so consumers know upfront whether a plan covers the doctors or other providers they want.
In Part 1 I suggested some reasons there were several simultaneous failures in the establishment of the computer systems supporting the Affordable Care Act including:
PacificSource Health Plan has asked the Oregon Insurance Division to correct the filing from what it first a proposed -- an enormous 15.9 percent hike -- and lower it to a 10.8 percent hike, still several times higher than the rate of inflation.
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The parent of Oregon’s largest health insurance company expects to pay $81 million in fees starting later this year, under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
OPINION: While mountains of commentary appeared about the problems with the so-called “roll out” of the computer system for the federal Affordable Care Act, there were also similar problems in several states that had decided to run their own public exchanges.