Tag Archives: Health Insurance/Health Plans

Poverty And Lack Of Health Insurance Keep Kids Unvaccinated Too

Religious and ideological opposition to vaccines has fueled the current measles outbreak. But there’s another factor driving low vaccination rates in some communities: poverty. The toddler looking up at Dr. Melanie Seifman in her Washington, D.C., exam room seems a little dazed. It could be because she just woke up from a nap at daycare. […]
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Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain

An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids. Source: Oregon panel drops effort to cut opioids and cover chronic pain

Most Oregon Health Insurers Seek Modest Rate Increases

The relatively small number of Oregonians who buy individual or small-group health insurance in the marketplace – as opposed to receiving it from employers or the government – will likely face overall moderate price hikes next year, although some insurance companies want to impose big increases while two insurers want to cut their rates a […]
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Initial filings reveal stabilization as rate review season kicks off

Oregon consumers can get a first look at requested rates for 2020 individual and small group health insurance plans. In the individual market, seven companies submitted rate change requests ranging from an average 3.2% decrease to an average 13.5 percent increase, for an average of 3.3%. In the small group market, nine companies submitted rate […]
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Insurance companies ask for smaller increase in 2020 rates

But federal uncertainty keeps rates from dropping. Health insurers in Oregon continue to request smaller annual increases in health insurance rates from year to year and are expanding into new service areas — both signs the market is stabilizing. But efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act on the federal level are keeping premiums from […]
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‘Medicare for All’? How About ‘Medicaid for More’? 2 States Near Passage

Colorado and Washington state both passed legislation in April that could offer a new health insurance option to people who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford private health coverage. Most Medicaid recipients pay no premiums, but the idea of letting some people buy a form of Medicaid is […]
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Washington to offer first ‘public option’ health insurance in US

Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid […]
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State urged to curb insurance cost hikes to those who pay

The state of Oregon should take steps to curb the increase in health insurance premiums paid by people who buy their own policies, according to a new report from a consumer advocacy group. Source: Pamplin Media Group – State urged to curb insurance cost hikes to those who pay

‘A Really Tough Sell’: Proposed Health Tax On Oregon Employers Likely Dead 

As she hunted ways to fund the state’s health care system for low-income Oregonians last year, Gov. Kate Brown landed on what she billed as a $120 million solution: taxing businesses that don’t spend enough on their employees’ health care. Source: ‘A Really Tough Sell’: Proposed Health Tax On Oregon Employers Likely Dead . News | […]
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Changes possible for health care groups that oversee the Oregon Health Plan

Two coordinated care organizations want to oversee the Oregon Health Plan in Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties, raising questions about what the competition will mean for health care providers. Source: Changes possible for health care groups that oversee the Oregon Health Plan | Local News | dailyastorian.com