Oregon Health Insurance Exchange

Oregon’s Health Exchange Plows Ahead Despite Unknowns

Cover Oregon, the state’s new health exchange created under the Affordable Care Act, faces plenty of uncertainties but presses full speed ahead to meet federal deadlines.

December 19, 2012 -- With the nod of approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to run a health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon is plowing forward toward implementation. It’s scheduled to have a Web-based, one-stop marketplace up and

Health Insurance Exchange Hires Tribal Analyst

Jim Roberts, policy analyst with the Indian Health Board, is hopeful Sonciray Bonnell will be able to make the hard policy calls

August 22, 2012 -- To bridge the gap between tribal members and the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange, Sonciray Bonnell has been hired as a tribal health community analyst.

Health Insurance Exchange Board Hammers Out Choice, Communication Issues

PacificSource was chosen to become the essential benefit plan because other insurers, such as Regence BlueCross BlueShield’s offerings were more expensive

July 18. 2012 -- The Health Insurance Exchange Board intends to launch an aggressive communication campaign next summer and encourage people to purchase insurance so they can avoid paying a penalty starting in January 2014 when the Affordable Care Act kicks in.

Oregon Seeks Public Comment on Essential Health Benefits

The Essential Health Benefits Workgroup develops their final recommendation

July 9, 2012 -- The State of Oregon is seeking public comments on the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) Workgroup’s final recommendation. Beginning in 2014, the Federal Affordable Care Act requires health plans sold in the individual and small group markets to offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as “essential health benefits.” The EHB Workgroup, appointed by Governor Kitzhaber, was charged with recommending an EHB benchmark plan from one of ten choices outlined by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Insurance Exchange Prepares to Serve Oregonians Next Year

June 28, 2012 -- Starting in October 2013, Oregonians will be able to shop for health insurance in a new way. The Oregon Health Insurance Exchange will be a central marketplace where individual consumers and small employers can easily compare plans, enroll, and receive help paying for coverage.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act, which provides the start-up funding necessary for the Exchange to be ready for open enrollment and provides Oregonians with tax credits and other financial assistance to help pay for plans through the Exchange.

Insurance Agents to Play Critical Role in Oregon’s Insurance Exchange

At the same time, agents will need special training and have to meet specific criteria to become eligible

April 16, 2012--The Oregon Health Insurance Exchange wants to train and use insurance agents to help uninsured individuals and small businesses purchase insurance starting in 2014. But questions remain about the role of insurance agents and their impact on consumers who may rely on them for advice. 

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