Category Archives: Dept. of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS)

Oregon aims to make healthcare more affordable with new plan

Many single Oregonians making about $19,000 a year can qualify for a basic plan costing them, after a federal subsidy, $1 a month. People qualifying for deep subsidies are among the nearly 104,000 Oregonians who are estimated to qualify for financial help with their coverage but who remain uninsured. Source: Oregon aims to make healthcare […]
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Oregon to host its first public hearing on drug prices

The Department of Consumer and Business Services will be soon taking feedback from residents on prescription drug prices. A public hearing on the topic is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Capitol in Salem. The hearing will be broadcast and public comment will be accepted by the Division of Financial Regulation staff […]
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Seismic retrofitting: Are homeowners getting ripped off?

Residential seismic retrofitting is unregulated and only requires a rudimentary sketch for a county or city building inspector to sign off on the work that can costs thousands. Some homeowners are not getting what they think they are paying for when having their homes seismically retrofitted to protect against a giant earthquake. Source: Pamplin Media […]
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It’s health coverage enrollment season for Oregonians

New online tool could help get Oregonians who are not on an employer-provided plan, Medicare or the Oregon Health Plan. It’s open enrollment time for Oregonians who buy their own health insurance coverage. Will a new online tool for consumers help more people enroll? Source: Pamplin Media Group – It’s health coverage enrollment season for […]
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A Proposed Donation Cap Deal Falters Among Democratic Candidates for Oregon Secretary of State

Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) says she’ll go her own way. Source: A Proposed Donation Cap Deal Falters Among Democratic Candidates for Oregon Secretary of State

Safety regulators to present first Spanish-language conference

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration is set to present its first Spanish-language conference addressing Spanish-speaking workers’ rights to a safe workplace, safety in construction and manufacturing, among other topics, Oregon OSHA announced on Wednesday. Source: Safety regulators to present first Spanish-language conference | Business Insurance

Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace helps you shop for coverage

‘Window shop’ site offered before open enrollment. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a part of state government, on Friday launched a window shopping website for people who need insurance or to re-enroll in insurance. The site shows what plans are available in your area and estimates how much you are likely to pay for that plan, […]
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Oregon 2020 Workers’ Compensation Premium Assessment Rates Dropping

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services announced an 8.4% average reduction in pure premium rates for employers in 2020. The department each year adopts by rule the workers’ comp premium assessment rate that is paid by all employers to fund workers’ comp and workplace safety and health programs. Source: Oregon 2020 Workers’ Compensation […]
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Oregon considering a switch back to state-based health insurance exchange

Oregon is one of six states considering switching to a state-based marketplace platform for health insurance, according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute. Source: Oregon considering a switch back to state-based health insurance exchange

Contractor fined $120K for safety violations at Eugene development

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Colima Construction exposed workers to potential fatal falls and serious eye injuries. Source: Contractor fined $120K for safety violations at Eugene development