After six controversial years, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, may be on the way out, thanks to the GOP sweep of the presidency and both houses of Congress Tuesday.
The 2010 health law was meant to expand insurance coverage so that Americans could get medical care they would otherwise go without — and not spend a fortune doing so. Though it’s still early, new evidence suggests this scenario is playing out.
In one of the first looks at privately insured patients with opioid problems, researchers paint a grim picture: Medical services for people with opioid dependence diagnoses skyrocketed more than 3,000 percent between 2007 and 2014.
After a raucous debate lasting nearly a year, the Democrats are united on health care. But that unity does not include a call for a single-payer “Medicare for all” health system.
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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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.