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2016 Exchange Health Enrollment Up 27 Percent Over 2015

More Oregonians are opting for the federal website to buy individual health insurance after two years of smooth running. A majority of returning customers are also shopping around and switching plans to get the best deal.

The health insurance exchange posted another week of solid numbers in Oregon, nearing 138,000 people in individual health plans, or about 30,000 more than last year.

Losses mount at Oregon health insurers

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State’s nine largest insurers report losses of $105.97 million during first six months of 2015, as membership levels generally hold steady

This is shaping up to be a financially brutal year for Oregon’s major health insurance companies. Since Jan. 1, the nine-largest traditional insurers in the state have reported cumulative losses of $105.97 million.

Moda Health Doubles in Size But Ends Up in the Red

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Major insurers Regence BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente and PacificSource see their enrollments go down at the end of the third quarter, while co-ops pick up steam.

Moda Health has more than doubled in size since Jan. 1, when federal rules surrounding health coverage went into effect. Over the same period, Oregon’s largest insurers have shed tens of thousands of members, according to third-quarter statements filed with regulators. 

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

The Lund Report
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.

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