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Oregon House Votes to Include Insurers in Consumer Fraud Act

The Lund Report
Sen. Chip Shields told The Lund Report he expects the Senate to pass the measure, which would remove the unique exception insurance companies such as Regence BlueCross BlueShield have from the Unlawful Trade Practices Act.


April 3, 2013 — Seven years ago, Regence BlueCross BlueShield blithely declared that Azusa Suzuki was dead and refused to honor a supplemental insurance claim after she was injured in a car accident.

Insurance Division Lowers Requirements for Health Insurance Sold Outside Cover Oregon

The Lund Report
At the request of Regence BlueCross BlueShield and Lifewise, the state will require a silver plan, but not a gold plan to sell health insurance outside the exchange. All insurers selling health plans in Cover Oregon must still offer a gold plan.


March 29, 2013 — Oregon’s Insurance Division changed a requirement that all insurers offering plans outside the Cover Oregon exchange next year offer a gold-level plan following a request from insurers such as Regence BlueCross BlueShield and Lifewise Health Plan.

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Defeats Efforts to Notify Consumers about Rate Hikes

The Lund Report
Senate Bill 413 would have required insurers to inform customers of rate hikes above 7 percent, but Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson pushed for an amendment written by Regence that only requires them to let policyholders know at sign-up that such information is available on a government website


March 22, 2013 — Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham, helped Regence BlueCross BlueShield and other insurers defeat a requirement that they notify consumers of pending rate hikes above 7 percent — a measure pushed by Sen. Chip Shields, D-Portland, which easily passed the Senate in the 2011 session.

Legislation Attempts to Corral Regence BlueCross BlueShield

The Lund Report
The local insurer has been trying to coerce ambulatory surgery centers to join their networks by sending checks to patients

March 8, 2013 — Regence BlueCross BlueShield is attempting to coerce ambulatory surgery centers to sign their insurance contracts by sending the checks to the patients, leaving it up to the center to collect the payments, according to Evalyn Cole, administrator of the Spine Surgery Center in Euge

Regence BlueCross BlueShield Fights Free Prenatal Care for Diabetic Women

The Lund Report
Supporters say the extra costs diabetic women face in pregnancy have led to some women quitting their jobs so they can qualify for Medicaid

February 8, 2013 -- Women with diabetes who get pregnant would have the medical costs of managing their condition covered at no extra cost under a House bill, but the measure provoked immediate opposition from Regence BlueCross BlueShield.


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