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Moda Health Joins Hospitals in Transforming Health Delivery

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The Population Health Alliance has brought together hospitals from across the state -- Asante, Bay Area, Mid-Columbia, OHSU, Salem Health, Sky Lakes and St. Charles -- along with Moda Health, the only insurer participating in this endeavor.

Moda Health has joined forces with hospitals from throughout the state to transform the delivery of healthcare and expand its reach

OEBB, PEBB Come up Short

The two health purchasing boards had been expected to finally choose a permanent administrator yesterday.

The statewide health purchasing boards – OEBB and PEBB – were primed to finally choose a permanent administrator when they convened early yesterday morning in executive session.

OEBB Goes Out for Bid

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The educators benefit board is looking for insurers that embrace the coordinated care model and plans to open the bid process in June, with the new plans coming on board in October 2016.

Health insurers will have their eyes peeled on a major contract that’s heading to a bidding process in June.

PEBB May Be Able to Avoid Excise Tax Without Increasing Costs to Families

Mercer consultant Emery Chen proposed taking $17 million of the $101 million in tax savings PEBB would make by restructuring its health benefit plans, and using it to offset the increased cost to employees with families for six years.

Oregon’s Public Employee Benefits Board’s consultants have devised a plan which may delay making state workers with families pay for an increase to their healthcare premiums, which could come from

PEBB May Be Able to Avoid Excise Tax Without Increasing Costs to Families

Mercer consultant Emery Chen proposed taking $17 million of the $101 million in tax savings PEBB would make by restructuring its health benefit plans, and using it to offset the increased cost to employees with families for six years.

Oregon’s Public Employee Benefits Board’s consultants have devised a plan which may delay making state workers with families pay for an increase to their healthcare premiums, which could come from

Heavy Excise Tax Looms for OEBB and School Districts Without Changes

If school districts and OEBB keep the status quo, the Affordable Care Act will hit them with taxes of $11 million in 2018 and nearly $16 million in 2020. But if districts restructure the premiums paid by individuals and families, and if OEBB sees savings from a coordinated care approach in its new contract, that tax could be limited to $600,000 to $700,000 a year.

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board could be forced to pay some steep excise taxes to the federal government by the end of the decade, and while there are steps that could be done both at the state level and by individual school districts to decrease the tax owed, the health plan likely cannot avo

Projected Savings on Medical Care Bolsters Governor Kitzhaber's Budget

Meanwhile, overall state funding to the Oregon Health Authority and the Department of Human Services grows by double-digit leaps. Labor rule changes for homecare workers will make up about 10 percent of the growth in state funding of DHS.

A growing economy allowed Gov. John Kitzhaber to release a budget Monday that calls for big increases to state funding for both the Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority, whose budgets will grow by double-digit percentages.

Oregon Teachers Flock to Catastrophic Plans to Keep Down Costs

Faced with paying an increased share of their healthcare costs in many Oregon school districts, OEBB members for the first time chose a high-deductible plan over more traditional offerings that have higher up-front costs. In other news, OEBB will cover transgender healthcare effective Jan. 1.

For the first time, the most popular plan for covering people through the Oregon Educators Benefit Board will be a high-deductible health insurance plan.

Moda Gives OEBB Members Choice: Join Coordinated Model or See 9% Hike

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The cost for the standard set of health plans at OEBB are spinning wildly out of control, leaving teachers little choice but to join in the coordinated care compact created by Moda Health that’s brought together major hospital and provider systems in the state including Asante Health, Merle West Medical Center, Salem Health, Legacy Health and OHSU.

The state’s school districts and teachers should get ready for a financial hit -- the Oregon Educators Benefit Board approved a whopping 9 percent premium increase for Moda Health and a 6 percent hike for Kaiser Permanen

Ballas Adds OEBB Chief to His State Responsibilities

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Kelly Ballas, the chief financial officer for the Oregon Health Authority, became the interim administrator for the Oregon Educators Benefit Board Tuesday. He already serves atop the Public Employee Benefits Board. OEBB also has begun serving local employees in Josephine County in addition to teachers across the state.

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board has appointed Kelly Ballas, the chief financial officer of the Oregon Health Authority, to become the interim administrator of the health plans for most teachers in the state. The vote Tuesday was unanimous.

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