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Advertising Campaign Sparks Insurance Complaints

Last year, Moda Health Plan had the highest number of complaints among the major health insurers, while Regence BlueCross BlueShield followed closely behind.

Complaints work! Just ask the Oregon Insurance Division, which has seen its complaint numbers spiral by 34 percent after launching an advertising campaign in May.

Better yet – those advertising dollars aren’t coming out of taxpayer pockets. 

Enrollment Surges by Private Health Plans During Second Quarter

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Carriers recovered their financial losses, with the exception of LifeWise. Note: HealthNet's quarterly profit was $9.9 million; an earlier version of this story incorrectly reported a loss for the insurer.

More than 14,000 Oregonians lost their employer-based health insurance in the second quarter of 2014, while many times that number signed up for new individual health plans over that period, according to financial reports filed with insurance industry regulators and obtained by The Lund

Poorest Oregonians Could Be Hurt By Obamacare

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The author encourages Sens. Merkley and Wyden to co-sponsor legislation that would stop the subsidization of multimillion dollar corporate bonuses.

OPINION -- The Oregon Health Authority took a pratfall on technological snags of Cover Oregon. Obamacare has other snags that will create new holes in already fragile safety nets. These snags could trip the poorest Oregonians who, limited to the Oregon Health Plan, might forfeit their homes and health care options.

Legislators Begin Working on Insurance Coverage for Autism

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Paul Terdal, who has two sons diagnosed with autism, has been shepherding the legislation since 2009

May 7, 2012 -- Although Oregon’s next legislative session is 10 months away, work is already beginning on legislation to establish requirements for health insurance coverage of autism spectrum disorders and streamline the process of obtaining care.

A closed door work session was held at the Capitol on May 1, and included legislators, insurance industry representatives and autism advocates such as Portland resident Paul Terdal, the father of two autistic sons.

Decision on Regence Rate Increase Still Weeks Away

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Several Oregon health insurers posted lower premium rate increases than previously expected
June 30, 2011 – State regulators at the Oregon Insurance Division plan to take an additional few weeks to consider the proposed 22.1 percent average annual increase on Regence BlueCross BlueShield individual health plans.

Regence Defends Rate Hike in Rare Public Hearing

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Close to 200 people showed up to voice their opinion
June 3, 2011 – Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon President Jared Short defended a proposed 22.1 percent average annual rate increase on individual plan holders Thursday during a rare public hearing that drew close to 200 people. 
Short said the reason for the proposed increase had to do primarily with rising medical costs.
“There’s nothing about this rate increase that I feel good about,” Short said. “The reality is Oregonians are in a place where families are facing increased costs.


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