Tag Archives: Health Insurance/Health Plans

Here’s why Oregon’s already low uninsured rate could be even lower

The already low number of Oregonians without health insurance could reach a nation-leading 1 percent if only more of the uninsured realized they were eligible for benefits, new survey shows. Source: Here’s why Oregon’s already low uninsured rate could be even lower – Portland Business Journal

Four Eugene groups awarded grants from Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

A nonprofit organization serving Latino families in Lane County and three local insurance agencies will receive grant funding to help people sign up for health insurance through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Source: Four Eugene groups awarded grants from Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace – News – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR

Health insurance options available to uninsured Oregonians

Last year, Oregon’s uninsured rate stood at 6 percent, yet about one in 10 Oregonians experienced a gap in coverage. For many, these gaps can be avoided. More than eight in 10 children and adults under 65 who lacked coverage were eligible for the Oregon Health Plan (OHP) or financial assistance to reduce commercial health […]
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The $8 Billion Challenge: Can Oregon Remake Health Care? 

The Oregon Health Authority is changing its approach to Medicaid to improve health and contain costs. Oregon’s facing an $8 billion question: Can state bureaucrats and politicians reinvent the health insurance program that covers one in four Oregonians and push the entire state to get healthier along the way? Request full-text (for State Agency patrons […]
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A Texas Lawsuit Could Mean Life Or Death For The ACA 

This week could be pivotal in the life-or-death saga of the Affordable Care Act. In a Texas courtroom on Wednesday, a group of Republican attorneys general, led by Texas’ Ken Paxton, are set to face off against a group of Democratic attorneys general, led by California’s Xavier Becerra, in a lawsuit aimed at striking down […]
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Exclusive: Moda Health gets $155M capital infusion from San Francisco-based Delta Dental

The San Francisco-based investor is taking a 50 percent ownership stake and will diversify into the health insurance realm, while Moda will expand to new states. Delta Dental of California is investing $155 million for a 50 percent ownership stake in Moda, enabling the Portland-based health insurer to expand around the country, the two companies […]
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Can’t Afford Health Insurance? Americans Rig Their Own Safety Net

Consumers frustrated by high costs are bypassing the bureaucracy with patchwork plans. When their son Sky was born four years ago, Lindsie and Chris Bergevin were hit with a big surprise: $7,000 in bills for the birth that their health plan didn’t cover. Sky was two when the couple jettisoned their medical insurance, which helped […]
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Trump’s Short-Term Health Insurance Policies Quickly Run Into Headwinds

The Trump administration’s efforts to allow health insurers to market short-term medical plans as a cheap alternative to the Affordable Care Act are already running into headwinds, with state insurance regulators resisting the sales and state governments moving to restrict them.

Trump lifted restrictions on ‘short term’ health insurance plans. Here’s what that means for consumers

Some health care experts caution that these plans, while cheaper, may ultimately lead to dropped coverage or none at all, if the person is confronted by an unexpected illness or accident. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday that the administration would support a cheaper form of short-term health insurance that health policy […]
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Trump Administration, in Reversal, Will Resume Risk Payments to Health Insurers

The Trump administration, in an abrupt reversal, said Tuesday that it would restart a program that pays billions of dollars to insurers to stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act. The administration suspended the program less than three weeks ago, saying it was compelled to do so by a federal court decision in […]
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