Decision on Regence Rate Increase Still Weeks Away

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Several Oregon health insurers posted lower premium rate increases than previously expected
June 30, 2011 – State regulators at the Oregon Insurance Division plan to take an additional few weeks to consider the proposed 22.1 percent average annual increase on Regence BlueCross BlueShield individual health plans.

Regulators to Hold Rare Public Hearing on Regence

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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.

Oregon Pushes Back on Insurance Rate Increases

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The Oregon Insurance Division lowers several key rate increase requests

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.

LifeWise Suspends Sale of Individual Policies

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The health insurer disagrees with the Oregon Insurance Division about when federal reforms come into effect
October 21, 2010 -- At the direction of the Oregon Insurance Division, LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon has temporarily suspended sales of new individual policies.

LifeWise will resume selling individual policies immediately upon receipt of the Insurance Division's approval of new rates and forms that include the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Washington Orders Regence to Cover Kids

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October 16, 2010 -- It's illegal for health insurers to stop selling coverage to children while continuing to sell to adults, according to Washington's insurance commissioner, who on Friday filed a cease-and-desist order against the Regence Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies in Washington.

High Risk Pool Takes Over Where Regence Left Off

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The board administering the program will ask the 2011 Legislature for permission to cover all children regardless of their health status
October 13, 2010 -- Now that Regence BlueCross BlueShield and HealthNet decided they won’t provide insurance to children, the state's high risk pool has sprung into action.

Federal High Risk Pool Reaches Oregon

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Over the next 3 1/2 years the federal government will pour $66 million into the state-run pool
July 14, 2010 -- It’s official. The federal high risk pool gets under way in Oregon on Aug. 1, and people can begin applying immediately.

High Risk Pool to Save Insurers Millions

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The federal program will extend coverage and save Oregon insurers millions
June 30, 2010 -- The federal program to insure people with pre-existing conditions rolling out across the country this month could extend health coverage to an estimated 6,700 Oregonians.


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