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Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

Without any public scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about things like race, marital status, how much TV you watch, whether you pay your bills on time or even buy plus-size clothing. To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month’s health insurance industry gathering in San Diego […]
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Cuts to funds that help people find insurance shouldn’t affect Oregon

Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will cut funds by 70 percent. The Trump administration’s move to cut funding for people who help consumers buy individual health insurance plans should not affect Oregon, state officials said, as the state funds its own enrollment assistant program. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace provides grants to community […]
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Brown rails against potential curbs to pre-existing condition coverage

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown used her visit Wednesday morning to the Rogue Valley to call for keeping pre-existing conditions covered under government-run health insurance. The Democratic governor gave a brief press conference in a courtyard behind Ashland’s Planned Parenthood, flanked by supporters that included two local residents living with pre-existing conditions who spoke before her […]
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Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as Trump Suspends Billions in Payments 

The Trump administration said Saturday that it was suspending a program that pays billions of dollars to insurers to stabilize health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act, a freeze that could increase uncertainty in the markets and drive up premiums this fall.

More Americans pay for ACA health plans, despite Trump administration moves to undercut law

Enrollment is dropping for people who cannot get federal insurance subsidies. The number of Americans who bought and began to pay for Affordable Care Act health plans grew slightly this year, despite repeated efforts by the Trump administration to undermine the insurance marketplaces created under the law, new federal figures show. As of February, a […]
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Association Health Plans Could Pose Risk for Oregon

The plans, promoted by the Trump administration, could negatively affect women and older employees, while benefiting younger men. The Trump administration is pushing a set of health plans that could weaken existing markets and lead to more expensive care for some Oregonians, particularly women and adults nearing retirement age. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons […]
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Oregon health insurance rate hikes moderate in 2019

Most Oregonians buying health insurance in the individual market will see their rates jump from 5 to 10 percent in 2019. State insurance regulators issued their preliminary rate decisions Friday for the seven companies active in the individual market and nine companies that sell small group policies. Source: Oregon health insurance rate hikes moderate in […]
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States act on their own to fill holes Washington is knocking in Affordable Care Act

New Jersey and D.C. create insurance mandates to replace the federal one that is vanishing. The first Sunday after his inauguration, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order directing state agencies to report everything they could do to ramp up the visibility of the Affordable Care Act and persuade more people to buy […]
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Preliminary rate decisions for 2019 health plan released | The Lund Report

Oregonians can now see the state’s preliminary rate decisions for 2019 individual and small employer health insurance plans. The Division of Financial Regulation must review and approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders. Preliminary rate decisions are for small businesses and individuals who buy their own coverage rather than getting it through […]
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Millennial Oregonians have jobs but still struggle to pay rent, health insurance: report

The economy has been cruising along nicely for a few years now, pushing the unemployment rate to historic lows. But Millennials are still struggling to pay their rent. Source: Millennial Oregonians have jobs but still struggle to pay rent, health insurance: report | OregonLive.com