State Employees Impacted by Rising Healthcare Costs

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Governor Kitzhaber urges the Public Employees’ Benefit Board to make changes that add value and provide better health
February 23, 2011 -- With an impending budget shortfall of $10 million this plan year, the Public Employees’ Benefit Board faces tough choices about state employee health benefits when it meets March 1.

Medical School Costs Out of Reach for Many Students

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OHSU has had the highest tuition and fees among public medical schools in the country for the past three years
January 4, 2011 -- I’m a baby boomer and a descendant of the “Greatest Generation”— so called because that generation survived deprivations of the Great Depression and World War II.

Educators Benefit Board Expects $700,000 Surplus

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The latest figures are based on expenditures through August of this year and represent a 50-day working capital balance

November 15, 2010 -- While state agencies slash expenses and struggle to achieve mandatory budget cuts, the Oregon Educators Benefit Board is projecting a budget surplus of more than half a million dollars

Startling Healthcare Costs for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

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A statewide commission will urge legislators to create a drug czar to oversee drug and alcohol addiction programs
November 15, 2010 -- Healthcare costs associated with alcohol and drug abuse amounted to $3.2 billion during 2006 in Oregon – while 70 percent of people who were incarcerated had a substance abuse problem.

OSPIRG Earns Grant to Review Rates

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Oregon officials want better consumer reviews of proposed insurance premiums
November 10, 2010 -- The consumer advocacy group OSPIRG has been awarded a $100,000 grant to provide in-depth analysis to the Oregon Insurance Division about health insurance rate increases.

School Districts Post Unusually High Claims

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A recent analysis shows that 99 percent of employees who had Providence or ODS insurance filed a medical or pharmacy claim
October 26, 2010 -- School district employees continue using more healthcare services than their national counterparts, according to consultants for the Oregon Educators Benefit Board.


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