Category Archives: Dept. of Consumer and Business Services

Op-Ed: SAIF and workers’ comp: If it ain’t broke, don’t touch it 

State of Oregon Employees: Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Daily Journal of Commerce. Email: library.help@state.or.us or call 503-378-8800. Oregon and its leaders have a history of being able to look forward, of being visionary. The list illustrating Oregon’s leadership on tough public issues is long: ensuring open access to […]
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New numbers show Oregon insurance market regaining stability

State of Oregon Employees: Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Portland Business Journal. Email: library.help@state.or.us or call 503-378-8800. Financial statements confirm that market is strengthening, despite threats to cut off subsidies and Trump’s declaration to “let Obamacare implode.” Source: New numbers show Oregon insurance market regaining stability – […]
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Healthcare Leaders Praise Choice of Allen to Command Troubled OHA

Pat Allen, the leader of the Department of Consumer & Business Services, was called Wednesday to put out fires at the Oregon Health Authority after Lynne Saxton resigned amid a communications scandal. Gov. Kate Brown turned to a familiar face on Wednesday to become interim director of the Oregon Health Authority, Pat Allen, the well-respected […]
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Gov. Kate Brown taps Pat Allen to take over troubled state health care agency

Allen will succeed ousted director Lynne Saxton until a permanent director is found Gov. Kate Brown has tapped Patrick Allen to replace Lynne Saxton at the troubled Oregon Health Authority until a permanent director is found. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Gov. Kate Brown taps Pat Allen to take over troubled state health care agency

Portland feuds with state agency over local fire safety rule

Portland is standing by its rule that requires large nightclubs to have automatic fire sprinklers after a state agency demanded the city rescind the requirement and pay fines. The state Building Codes Division informed Portland in a July 24 letter that it plans to fine the city at least $20,000 for implementing the sprinkler rule. […]
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Love can’t pay the bill when insurance won’t (Column)

For the past week, Carol Dickey has been fighting to keep her 8-year-old son at the residential mental health program that treats his violent outbursts. Source: Love can’t pay the bill when insurance won’t (Column) | OregonLive.com

Oregonians React To Survival Of The Affordable Care Act

Oregonians are reacting to news that the Affordable Care Act will live another day. Patrick Allen, the director of Oregon’s Consumer Department, said the vote should help stabilize the insurance market, but only a bit, “There are other decisions that could be made that are also causing instability. There are the cost sharing reductions, that […]
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OSHA slaps Bay Area Athletic Club with $195,000 fine

Bay Area Athletic Club has been fined nearly $200,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to documents obtained by The World. The $195,300 failure-to-abate penalty brings the total violations for the Coos Bay-based gym to $574,110. Source: OSHA slaps Bay Area Athletic Club with $195,000 fine | Business | theworldlink.com

DCBS Posts Final Rate Decisions for 2018 Health Plans

Small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance can now see the final approved rates for 2018 health insurance plans. The Department of Consumer and Business Services, Division of Financial Regulation must review and approve rates before they can be charged to policyholders. Source: DCBS Posts Final Rate Decisions for 2018 Health Plans […]
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Don’t let cries of ‘Trump’ override Oregon’s health-care debate: Editorial

It helps to read a recent email sent by Our Oregon, the advocacy group for public employee unions, in the deep, dramatic voice of a movie-trailer narrator warning of the world’s impending doom. The email, with the subject line “Evil,” aims to build that same sense of danger, with President Donald Trump and Oregon Rep. […]
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