Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Open enrollment starts Friday for Oregonians

Oregonians without health insurance will be busy during the state’s open enrollment period. It is the only time of the year many Oregonians who don’t get insurance through their employer can sign up for health coverage. Source: Open enrollment starts Friday for Oregonians – KTVZ

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

Absent action by Congress in the next three weeks, Dr. Michael Waldrum, CEO of Vidant Health, is going to have to figure out what medical services to deny hard-pressed communities in rural eastern North Carolina. “It runs the gamut,” Waldrum said in an interview last week. “Do we close hospitals? Do we close services within […]
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The Health 202: Fewer Americans are abusing opioids. But the improvements vary dramatically by state.

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. States that expanded Medicaid under the ACA saw better results. A new government survey shows opioid abuse is […]
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Profits At Legacy Health Plummet

For a few years, the Affordable Care Act was a financial windfall for Oregon hospitals. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Profits At Legacy Health Plummet

As States Strive To Stabilize Insurance Marketplaces, Insurers Return

States increasingly expect to see insurers enter or re-enter ACA marketplaces next year. That’s a critical sign that these exchanges are growing less risky for insurers despite ongoing political and legal battles over the ACA. Felicia Morrison is eager to find a health plan for next year that costs less than the one she has […]
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Seema Verma: A public option for health insurance is a terrible idea

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. It’s a Trojan horse with single-payer health care hidden inside. The […]
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Judge Backs Non-ACA-Compliant Short-Term Health Plans

State Library Ed. Note: State employees can access this Wall Street Journal story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800. Trump administration can proceed with lower-priced coverage that offers fewer benefits. The action on short–term plans was one of the […]
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House backs repeal of Obamacare’s unpopular ‘Cadillac tax’ in rare bipartisan vote

The “‘Cadillac tax,” set to go into effect in 2022, is unpopular with both Republicans and Democrats, who say it punishes the middle class. The House voted Wednesday night to pass a bill that would scrap Obamacare’s so-called Cadillac tax, an inactive provision of the health law meant to help control health-care spending. The tax, […]
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Legislators Try To Make Hospitals Justify Their Nonprofit Status

Nonprofit hospitals are supposed to provide community benefits. Oregon legislators are pushing a bill to make them do more. Hollie Murphy works as a certified nursing assistant in Springfield, Oregon. She brings food to patients at Sacred Heart Medical Center, takes their vital signs and helps them to the bathroom. But back in 2013, she started […]
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Report raises concerns about Oregon’s health insurance exchange

Without changes, ACA marketplace is at risk of collapse. Rising health costs and disruptive policy changes by the Trump administration have increased health insurance premiums and destabilized Oregon’s health insurance marketplace, according to a report issued by a consumer advocacy group last week. The report, from ­OSPIRG Foundation and Frontier Group, warned that Oregon’s health […]
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