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Health Insurance Exchange Can Learn from Beaverton School District

The Lund Report
The district’s health plan options are being threatened by legislation requiring its employees to participate in the Oregon Educators Benefit Board

OPINION March 24, 2011 -- Oregonians should demand a healthcare exchange that promotes good decision-making. If we used evidence-based decision-making, we should look to the Beaverton School District to see how good health plans are negotiated.

Oregon Pushes Back on Insurance Rate Increases

The Lund Report
The Oregon Insurance Division lowers several key rate increase requests

@ Oregonlive.com
December 10, 2010 -- Oregonians with spendy individual and small-business health insurance plans are again facing double-digit increases.

It could be worse.

More than at any time in the past year, the Oregon Insurance Division has pushed back on several rate increases sought by the state's largest insurers, trimming them from anaverage 16 percent to 12 percent.

Businesses Shift Premiums to Workers, Uninsured Rise

The Lund Report
The latest figures show Oregon's uninsured rate is likely rising
September 22, 2010 -- The affordability of medical insurance cropped up this month as studies showed the number of uninsured Americans rose by 4.4 million and that employers are shifting the burden of rising premiums to workers.
 

Rate Review Alone Won't End Cost Spikes

The Lund Report
A $1 million federal grant will shed more light on rate increases but won’t end the escalation of medical costs
August 19, 2010 – Oregon’s been given $1 million to scrutinize health insurance rate increases, but those federal grant dollars may do very little to stem the rising costs of healthcare – unless pressure is exerted.  
 

Health Insurers Refuse to Limit Rescissions

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.)
Put on the spot at a Congressional hearing, health insurers defend policies that target the sickest

Originally at LATimes.com
June 17, 2009 -- Executives of three of the nation's largest health insurers told federal lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that they would continue canceling medical coverage for some sick policyholders, despite withering criticism from Republican and Democratic members of Congress who decried the practice as unfair and abusive.

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