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Cato Institute Pundit, Michael Cannon, Trades Barbs with Sean Kolmer

The provocative Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. brought his vision of how healthcare will look in 30 years to the 21st Century Healthcare symposium at Willamette University.

Thirty years from now, in the year 2045, a concierge will know your healthcare team, your medical condition and your values. Lower-skilled people aided with technology will get diagnoses right more often than doctors.

Kreidler disciplines, fines insurance companies, producers

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler issued fines in January totaling $8,750 against insurance companies, agents and brokers who violated state insurance regulations.

The names are linked to the disciplinary order that contains more information about each action.

Unlawful Trade Act for Insurers Heads to House Floor

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Key Republican Rep. Dennis Richardson backs the bill sponsored by Democratic Rep. Paul Holvey, saying current law does not do enough to protect consumers

 

March 27, 2013 — A measure that would remove the insurance industry’s special exemption from the Unlawful Trade Practices Act cleared the House Consumer Protection and Government Efficiency Committee with a 6-3 vote on Tuesday and heads to the House floor.

Shields and Holvey Want Unlawful Trade Act to Cover Insurers

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The powerful insurance industry is currently the only business in Oregon exempt from the act. Proposed legislation would remove that exemption and allow the Attorney General and injured parties to sue for fraud.

 

March 18, 2013 — Sen. Chip Shields, D-Portland and Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, rolled out legislation last week that would open up the insurance industry to torts under the state’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act and allow the attorney general to sue insurers for fraud.

Uninsured Charged Much More Depending on the Clinic

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The prices for cataract surgery for an uninsured patient vary from $2,500 to more than $8,000 depending on whether the clinic is located in Bend, Portland or Salem

February 25, 2013 -- At 63 and self-employed, I'm too young for Medicare, I make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but I don't make nearly enough to afford an individual insurance policy.

Advocates Gain Traction in Insurance Coverage for Autism

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Group Health Cooperative has become the first insurer in Washington to pay for such treatment, while legislation is being drafted in Oregon

July 24, 2012 -- Advocates have strengthened their hand in seeking additional insurance coverage for applied behavioral analysis (ABA) treatment. Throughout the West Coast, they’ve achieved victories in the court system and, in Oregon, are focusing their attention on legislative changes.

Oregon Insurance Execs Dismiss Public Option

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CEOs pin their hopes on value-based health plans that debut next year

 October 27, 2009 -- The public option debated in Congress won’t gain any traction with Oregon’s insurance executives who keep comparing the proposal to traditional Medicare, claiming it’s a broken system in need of serious repair.

Educate Yourself with a Collection of Useful Links

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We've compiled a list of useful links where you can learn more about the healthcare industry and search for complaint records.
If you thought navigating the healthcare system was hard, try finding financial information about the industry, or what's happening with insurance rates or hospital quality data. We sifted the Internet and put together this list of resources. 

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