Brown’s Effort to Cover Immigrant Children May Depend on Healthcare Industry

Studies show that children with health insurance do better in school, are more likely to graduate high school and attend college, but nearly 18,000 Oregon children do not have access to healthcare because of their immigration status.

Gov. Kate Brown has proposed an agenda for the 2017 session that’s high on difficult cuts, but also perhaps surprisingly has a heavy lift for a big wish.

Cali Approves Sky-High Rate Increases for Individual Health Plans

State insurance regulators largely approved the high rate increases for individual health plans for 2017, accepting the insurers’ argument that they were needed to stop the losses felt since the launch of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, Moda Health will be offering health plans in most of the counties after all, ensuring rural consumers have adequate competition. The state believes the troubled company is now doing well enough and should have its probation lifted soon.

Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali decided to largely sign off on the giant rate increases for 2017 that Oregon insurers have proposed for the individual health insurance market, meaning all consumers rates will go up at least 10 percent from 2016, and some nearly a third.


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