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Cover Oregon’s Future Remains in Doubt While Health Net Backs Out

The transition team at Cover Oregon expects to choose a systems integrator on Friday who can link the federal enrollment website for private insurance plans and, separately, finish building a state system to manage Medicaid enrollments.

During her confirmation hearings, the new HHS Secretary told Congress that she’s going after states that failed to get their health insurance exchanges up and running.

Colonoscopy Bill Prohibits Extra Charges for Removing Polyps

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Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, Cigna and Regence BlueCross BlueShield had been among the insurers to charge fees, though Regence said the charges had been a mistake and now supports the bill.

A divided Senate Thursday found an election-year issue it can get behind -- free colonoscopies, even if a physician has to remove polyps during the screening.

Health Net President Chris Ellertson Leads with 86 Percent Salary Increase

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Looking at the executive compensation among health insurance executives in 2012, John Stellmon, who retired from Regence last April, was the highest paid, earning $1.8 million, a 537% increase from 2011

April 17, 2013 – The profit margins of Oregon’s health insurance companies remained razor thin last year, but that didn’t hinder any of their top executives from taking home bigger paychecks.

Oregon’s Insurance Commissioner Speaks Out About Regence BlueCross BlueShield

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The decision by Providence to sever its contract with HealthNet could also pique his attention if HealthNet loses a significant number of members to its competitor

October 3, 2012 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield could find itself on the hot seat again. This time actuaries from inside the Oregon Insurance Division are in the midst of conducting an in-depth financial review at Regence’s headquarters in downtown Portland -– looking for any irregularities and whether the insurer has the financial stability to meet the needs of its policyholders.

OSPIRG Takes Aim at Health Insurance Premiums

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In its first two reports, OSPIRG takes a scalpel to proposed premium hikes on small businesses
February 17, 2011 -- The $100,000 grant awarded the consumer group OSPIRG to analyze proposed health insurance rate requests seems to be having an impact.

Former Health Net President Becomes School Principal

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Steve Lynch left Health Net to become the principal of a Catholic school

September 17, 2009 -- A high-ranking insurance executive, Steve Lynch, has switched careers, becoming the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Salem.

“I wanted to get out of corporate life and move back to Oregon,” Lynch told He spent the past eight years as president of Health Net’s health plan division, living in Los Angeles, and earlier ran its Oregon division. He also had a career with PacifiCare of Oregon.

Health Net Readies Premium Increase

On the heels of legislation aimed at reducing costs, Health Net says new laws will increase premiums

June 22, 2009 -- Governor Ted Kulongoski has yet to sign into law a provider tax (House Bill 2116) that will allow another 80,000 children and 35,000 low-income adults to become insured. Nevertheless, Health Net of Oregon plans to charge higher rates to compensate for the 1 percent premium tax.

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