health insurance

Legislative Logjam on Exchange Bill Rendered Moot

The Lund Report
A bill to begin to create a health insurance exchange heads to the House floor

June 1, 2011 – Rep. Jim Thompson (R-Dallas) was the sole Republican on the House Health Care Committee Wednesday to support a bill that sets in motion the creation of a health insurance exchange in Oregon.

State Regulators Fine Providence $20,000

The Lund Report
The health plan failed to explain why it needed additional information before paying claims
May 25, 2011 -- Providence Health Plan was fined $20,000 by the Department of Consumer and Business Services for failing to explain why it needed additional information before paying claims.
 

Regulators to Hold Rare Public Hearing on Regence

The Lund Report
The largest commercial health plan in Oregon wants a 22.1 percent average increase
May 3, 2011 – The Oregon Insurance Division announced today it plans to hold a rare public hearing for a proposed 22.1 percent average premium increase on Regence BlueCross BlueShield individual plan holders.
 

Insurance Division Lowers Premiums in Half of All Cases

The Lund Report
Reductions in health insurance rate requests over the past year have saved consumers $25 million

April 28, 2011 -- The Oregon Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services has approved lower-than-requested health insurance rates in half of the cases it reviewed in the past 12 months.

Public Option Could Mean Buy-In to OHP

The Lund Report
Sen. Alan Bates plans to introduce an amendment to health exchange legislation
April 7, 2011 -- A public health plan option might still be alive in Oregon after its chances appeared to have died during this year’s legislative session.
 

Senator Chip Shields Shines Light on Rate Review Process

The Lund Report
Portland’s Democratic state senator is pushing for a public hearing process, but insurance companies and the state Insurance Division aren’t convinced

March 28, 2011--The debate over how to reform Oregon’s healthcare system is contentious, but everyone agrees on certain facts. Healthcare costs are rising. Insurance premiums are increasing faster than peoples’ incomes. Obtaining insurance that’s both affordable and provides adequate health coverage is nearly impossible for the average Oregonian. And nobody seems to understand how the insurance rate review process really works.

Health Insurers Make More, Cover Fewer People

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The 2010 financials for Oregon health insurers paints a troubling picture as nation grips for reform
March 28, 2011 -- Oregon health insurers covered fewer people and made more money last year than in recent years past according to the year-end fina

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