Oregon Health Insurers Ride Stock Market Gains

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Net investment income helps buoy insurance earnings to pre-recession levels
December 1, 2010 – Oregon health insurers continued an aggressive earnings pace through September of this year that saw the state’s top eight companies posting more than $170 million in net income.

Oregon Insurers Double Profits From Last Year

Shedding members, padding surplus and increasing profits continued
September 1, 2010 -- Oregon’s eight largest health insurers continued to shed members and increase profits in the first six months of this year, based on the industry’s latest financial statements released by the Oregon Insurance Division.

A Cautionary Tale from Santa Fe

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A health insurance expert gives a cautionary tale to those pushing for meaningful federal rate review
From remarks prepared for the Families USA Advocates Conference Call on Health Insurance Rate Review (April 29).

Double-Digit Rate Increase Hits Oregon Schools

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At the same time, teachers will see their benefits reduced, paying higher copays and deductibles.
May 5, 2010 -- School districts and community colleges face double-digit rate increases for health insurance this fall. The primary reason: high utilization of medical services.

Health Reform Needs to Focus on Controlling Costs

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Any reform needs to tackle hospitals and specialty care, says Providence CEO

January 14, 2010 -- Despite pronouncements by Congress, reforming the health insurance industry won’t curb escalating costs unless politicians confront the provider delivery system, according to Jack Friedman, CEO of Providence Health Plans.

Investments Buoy Oregon Health Insurer Profits

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Will gains transfer to lower premiums? Not yet anyway

December 10, 2009 -- Oregon insurers continued reaping the rewards of a positive stock market through much of this year, based on the latest available financial statements filed with the state.

Regulators Offer Little Backstop for Premium Hikes

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High paid executives and skyrocketing premiums from coast to coast

November 19, 2009 -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) two weeks ago sent a letter to CIGNA, one of the country’s largest health insurers, with new data from an investigation into health insurance pricing.

Regence Hikes Medicare Advantage Plans 31 percent

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Regence could lose its lead in Medicare Advantage members with its high cost premiums in 2010

October 15, 2009 -- Unlike its competitors, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield is asking seniors to pay much higher premiums for their Medicare Advantage plans next year, according to filings submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


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