Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

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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Oregon Senate passes bill to preserve pieces of the ACA

On Thursday, the Oregon Senate passed a bill aimed at aligning certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act with state law. The bill, which came at the request of Governor Brown for the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS), passed on a 25-5 vote. The bill comes in the midst of ongoing federal action […]
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Oregon Senate OKs ban on health care discrimination

Also to require they cover chemical dependency. The Oregon Senate has voted to align the state’s health insurance regulations with the federal Affordable Care Act, expanding access to health care and prohibiting discrimination by benefit plans. Senate Bill 250 – which passed with a 25-4 vote Thursday on the Senate floor – prohibits health benefit plans from […]
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Review: DeFazio Forum Was Defacto Healthcare Report

On Wednesday, April 17 at the Corvallis-Benton Public Library, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4) hosted a town hall to speak about access to healthcare and the cost of prescription drugs. Sharing the stage with Rep. DeFazio were Julie Manning, Vice President of Marketing and PR at Samaritan Health Services, Sherlyn Dahl, Executive Director of the Community Health […]
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Here’s what happens if Trump administration wins Obamacare lawsuit

  President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to make health care better for all Americans, especially those with pre-existing conditions. But while his administration has yet to unveil a plan, his Justice Department is now threatening to strip away coverage and benefits that many people have come to take for granted in the nine years since […]
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