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Eugene Candidate Wants CCOs to Offer a Public Option

Marty Wilde, the executive director of the Lane County Medical Society, hopes to bring his experience in the healthcare field to the Capitol. He is favored to replace Rep. Phil Barnhart, the longest-serving Democrat in the Oregon House.

Fresh off his close victory in a Eugene state representative primary, Marty Wilde abounds with energy and enthusiasm.

Where Will Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Take the State Next?

Coordinated care organizations are the hallmark of the state's take on the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion. Through an effort called CCO 2.0, leaders are trying to push these groups to provide better healthcare as they restrain costs. Learn more about the next stage for CCOs during an in-depth discussion on June 21.

The future of coordinated care is at stake as state officials begin wrestling with new contracts that will be released n

Oregon Law, Rate Review Should Buffer Threats to Insurance Market

Trump administration officials have promoted substandard temporary health plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, but state law restricts these plans to 90 days.

Oregon Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi told a pair of legislative panels this week that the state’s consumers will be protected against the Trump administration’s attempts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act with the promotion of substandard, short-term health insurance plans.

Experts Find Global Lessons for U.S. Healthcare

Universal care is an achievable goal, but it requires an understanding of the political landscape, panelists said Wednesday at the Oregon Health Forum.

The United States has a lot to learn from how other industrialized nations provide healthcare to their citizens – but it will take incremental change and a willingness to act before this country can achieve widespread coverage, two experts in health policy aid Wednesday morning at the Oregon Heal

PEBB Makes $9.4 Million in Cuts to Keep Under Budget Cap

The board held off on increasing deductibles, but increased the out-of-pocket maximum for most plans, as well as emergency room fees. The board decided to bring the administration for its Moda Health plans in-house with self-insurance.

The Public Employee Benefit Board voted to hold off on increased deductibles and other unpopular cuts to healthcare benefits for state workers while still trimming $9.4 million from 2019 expenses to keep spending under the inflation cap set by the Legislature.

Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances

Lane and Yamhill county residents will have more health insurance marketplace options in 2019.

Individuals buying Affordable Care Act health plans for 2019 are likely to see rate hikes next year, if most the state’s seven domestic health insurers have their way, according to rate requests submitted to state regulators this week. But it’s not all bad news.

FamilyCare to End Remaining Health Plans

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Five months after the Portland-based nonprofit stopped offering Medicaid-funded health coverage, it will also cease to offer its remaining Medicare Advantage plans.

In yet another blow for what was once one of the Portland area’s largest providers of health coverage, FamilyCare has been authorized to shut down its Medicare Advantage plans effective June 30.  Roughly 4,100 people in the Portland area and Clatsop County will be affected.


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