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PEBB Approves Rates for 2015 -- Holding Inflation to 0.7 Percent

Gov. John Kitzhaber proudly wrote of PEBB’s success in controlling costs while offering new options that transform the way healthcare is delivered, aligning the health plan for public employees closer to Oregon’s managed care revolution for Medicaid.

The Public Employees Benefit Board on Tuesday inked the set of health options for public employees and approved premium rates that will rise only 0.7 percent above 2014 premiums -- a second year in a row that premiums have risen less than 1 percent.

Oregon Starts Efforts to Hold Insurers More Responsible for Costs

Remarks by leading Democrats, including Sen. Alan Bates and Gov. Kitzhaber, give credence to the new set of tools that Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali plans to implement in the health insurance rate approval process for the individual and small business markets.

Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali briefed legislators Thursday, promising a few improvements to tack onto Oregon’s already robust health insurance rate approval process for the individual and small business markets, and offering a window into the state’s goals for holding down the cost of medicin

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