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

Mark Long, longtime Oregon construction industry watchdog, joins home builders lobby

After 32 years at the state, Mark Long is leaving to join the Oregon Homebuilders Association, one of the most powerful and influential lobbying groups in the state. Long headed Oregon’s building code division and often worked for tougher oversight of the construction industry. Source: Mark Long, longtime Oregon construction industry watchdog, joins home builders […]
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Health coverage enrollment stays strong in Oregon

More than 145,00 Oregonians signed up for health plans for 2020 through HealthCare.gov. During the 45-day open enrollment period in November and December, people can buy health insurance for the upcoming year and many receive subsidies through HealthCare.gov established by the Affordable Care Act. Source: Health coverage enrollment stays strong in Oregon

Insurance Enrollment On Marketplace Dips For Second Year

Health insurance enrollment through the national marketplace dipped slightly this year. A total of 145,264 people signed up for coverage during the 45-day period from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15. That’s a 2% dip from the year before, according to a release from Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services, which regulates the insurance industry. […]
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State reports slight dip in fall health care coverage enrollment

More than 145,000 Oregonians signed up for health plans for 2020 through HealthCare.gov, officials said Friday. The figure is down a bit, but officials said that could be seen as a good sign that they have jobs and coverage through their employer. During the 45-day-long open enrollment period in November/December, people can buy health insurance […]
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New Year, New Laws On Prescription Drugs, Charity Care

  On Jan. 1, a host of new laws took effect in Oregon on topics that include health care and industry. Many of them are simply housekeeping measures. For example, “nurse midwife nurse practitioners” are now “nurse practitioners specializing in nurse midwifery” and “venereal disease” is now a “sexually transmitted infection.” Request full-text (State Agency patrons […]
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Pharmaceutical Price Increases In Oregon Scrutinized In New Transparency Report

Price spikes of prescription drugs are the focus of a new report out this week from the Oregon Prescription Drug Price Transparency Program. Included in its findings are staggering price increases for some medications. Source: Pharmaceutical Price Increases In Oregon Scrutinized In New Transparency Report

First Round of Oregon v. Pharma. State Publishes Data And Stories

An Oregon program that aims to peel back the opaque layers of prescription drug pricing wrapped up its first year this week with a report to the Legislature that underlines what was already known — the U.S. pays much more for medications than the rest of the world — and shows that relentless price hikes are hurting […]
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Oregon agency issues report on prescription drug prices

The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services has released its first report to the Legislature on prescription drug prices in Oregon. The program is the first in the United States to gather and publicly disclose comprehensive data about prescription drugs. Source: Oregon agency issues report on prescription drug prices – KTVZ

Health insurance enrollment deadline extended after website glitch

People who still need to purchase health care through state program have until midnight Dec. 17 to log on and sign up. The deadline to purchase health care for 2020 through the Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace has been extended. People seeking insurance and subsidies through Oregon’s Affordable Care Act system have until 11:59 p.m. (PST) […]
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Oregonians have an extra 35 hours to sign up for subsidized health insurance

The sign-up period to buy insurance for 2020 has been extended, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. People who do not qualify for the Oregon health plan or get insurance through their employer now have until Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 11:59 p.m. PST to apply for a […]
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