Tag Archives: Affordable Care Act

Oregon Hospitals See Fewer Patients Able to Pay Full Cost of Care in 2016 

Please contact the State Library for access to this premium story from the Lund Report. We can be reached at: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800 The data reveals an increase in charity care spending that seems to coincide with a decline in Medicaid enrollment last year. But there was wide variation across the state, with some rural […]
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Health care impasse, Trump threats, create high anxiety

It’s rate-making season for Oregon’s insurance industry, the heartburn-inducing time of year when Kraig Anderson really earns his money at Moda Health. The chief actuary and his team must look 20 months into the future and predict the state of the health care business and the health of Moda customers, the first step in determining […]
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OR May Cut ACA Medicaid Expansion Funds to Favor State Budget

Oregon lawmakers are considering a plan to cut Medicaid expansion funds to fill a $1.8 billion hole in its state budget. The Oregon state legislature is considering a retraction of Medicaid expansion and benefits to address an anticipated $1.8 billion budget shortfall between 2017 and 2019.  The move to cut back Medicaid could potentially leave […]
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Guest Opinion: Blame Deflection Can’t Fix Obamacare

In 2016, four insurance providers (LifeWise, Oregon’s Co-Op, Trillium, and Zoom+) left the Oregon Affordable Care Act’s exchange. Choice has been narrowing for those who have to buy from health exchanges all across country, and Oregon is no exception. Last year, premium increases – for those companies that remained – averaged 27 percent. And with […]
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Farmer’s protest aired in House

When Sherman County farmer Darren Padget recently visited U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s office in Washington, D.C., to complain about a more than 400 percent increase in his family’s health insurance premium, he didn’t expect to have that information shared in a House floor speech. Source: Farmer’s protest aired in House | The Dalles Chronicle

We should finance Oregon’s health spending to cut the state deficit (Guest Opinion)

Oregon faces a nearly $2 billion deficit. Republicans believe the problem is excessive spending, while Gov. Kate Brown and the Democratic leadership see a revenue problem. They remain locked in impasse. Health spending is the elephant in the room, comprising about half the total deficit. There is another approach–a third way–that gores neither side’s sacred […]
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Our View: A healthy economy at risk

Congressional Republicans’ initial attempt at replacing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, with something new has gone down in flames, but the issue is not dead. As lawmakers consider what to do next, Oregon — and especially Southern Oregon — has a great deal to lose. In Sunday’s Mail Tribune, reporter Vicki Aldous […]
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Fact Check: Trump Says Obamacare Is Exploding

The Affordable Care Act, passed by Democrats during Obama’s presidency, has its weaknesses, but the data show it’s not at all “exploding.” We have the facts behind what’s going on. Source: Fact Check: Trump Says Obamacare Is Exploding — It’s Not . News | OPB

Experts: Oregon Would Lose Funds, Other Changes Less Clear, Under Republican Insurance Overhaul

Speaking in Portland on Wednesday morning, experts from Washington, D.C., and Oregon healthcare leaders spelled out concerns that the American Health Care Act could roll back gains, cost the state heavily The Republican-backed healthcare overhaul that’s working its way through Congress this week would likely force huge spending cuts and leave thousands of people uninsured […]
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Popular Guarantee For Young Adults’ Coverage May Be Health Law’s Achilles’ Heel

The Affordable Care Act struck a popular chord by allowing adult children to obtain health coverage through a parent’s plan until their 26th birthday. Now, seeking broad support for their efforts to repeal and replace the ACA, House Republicans have kept that guarantee intact. But it’s not clear whether that provision will be successful or a […]
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