The roughly 350,000 Oregonians who buy individual or small-employer health insurance plans face a range of premium increases in 2020 going as high as 8.9 percent for individuals and 13.1 percent for small groups, under preliminary rates the state issued Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 TheLundReport.org. 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.
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.