Category Archives: Dept. of Consumer and Business Services

Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances

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. Source: Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances | The […]
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Some Oregonians may face 16% health insurance hikes in 2019

Oregon health insurers’ rate requests for next year are all over the map, but considerably less than proposals in at least two other states. In the individual market, the average requests range from a 9.6 percent decrease from PacificSource Health Plans to a 16.3 percent increase from Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, according to […]
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New rule threatens building inspection programs

Cities and counties are pushing back on a new state rule that prohibits cities and counties from using independent contractors to administer their building programs. A new state rule prohibiting municipalities from using third-party inspectors to administer local building programs could jeopardize the ability of cities and counties to spur housing and economic development, city […]
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Small cities scramble as Oregon cracks down on private building inspectors

Many small communities have long relied on private companies to run their building departments, but new rules could bar that practice. Source: Small cities scramble as Oregon cracks down on private building inspectors

Oregon targets municipal building programs

New state inspection rules could complicate small city financials, progress. New rules restricting third-party inspection services in city building programs has drawn concern from small Oregon municipalities as officials rush to meet deadlines. Affecting dozens of cities whose building programs are due for renewal this year, the rules were handed down Monday from the Building […]
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Small cities’ building permit programs face uncertainty

Opinions by the Oregon Department of Justice and Legislative Counsel indicate may small cities may have to either shut down building programs or hire building officials with three-digit salaries. Amid a statewide housing shortage, the building permit programs of 25 small municipalities could be in jeopardy following a recent state Department of Justice opinion that […]
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Small cities’ building permit programs face uncertainty

Opinions by the Oregon Department of Justice and Legislative Counsel indicate may small cities may have to either shut down building programs or hire building officials with three-digit salaries. Source: Small cities’ building permit programs face uncertainty

New Insurance Commissioner Excited to Work in Progressive Oregon

Andrew Stolfi, who was hired in December, plans to reassess the state’s geographic insurance rating system, with an eye to increasing access in rural Oregon. He previously worked at an international insurance body in Switzerland and before that led the Illinois Department of Insurance. Andrew Stolfi, Oregon’s newest insurance commissioner, started far afield from insurance, […]
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Hillsboro insurance agent admits illegal sale of driving permits

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation is reminding consumers to be cautious of fraud after a recent felony theft case involving a Hillsboro insurance agent. A joint investigation between the Hillsboro Police Department and the division revealed that the agent, Skip Molen, illegally sold international driving permits out of his office. Source: Hillsboro insurance agent […]
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Federal Health Care Premiums Drop For Oregonians With Subsidies

Oregonians who bought insurance at HealthCare.gov this year and qualified for a subsidy have an average net premium of $138 per month. That’s a reduction from last year. Source: Federal Health Care Premiums Drop For Oregonians With Subsidies