Tag Archives: Health Insurance/Health Plans

Editorial: Brown must stand firm on health insurance

Two years ago the Oregon Legislature made the benefits package offered to public employees a bit less generous. Now Gov. Kate Brown is talking about going back to the old, easy money ways. She should resist the temptation. Source: Editorial: Brown must stand firm on health insurance;

The Health 202: Here’s how the shutdown could jeopardize Obamacare benefits

The IRS plays the role of accountant for the health-care law’s marketplaces. The Department of Health and Human Services isn’t part of the seemingly endless government shutdown. But that doesn’t mean Obamacare will escape unscathed. The Internal Revenue Service — which has sent 90 percent of its staff home without pay — plays the role of […]
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Insulin is a lifesaving drug, but it has become intolerably expensive. And the consequences can be tragic. 

As the cost of insulin skyrockets, some desperate diabetics are taking to rationing — and risking their lives. At first, it seemed like the stomach flu. Weeks before his 24th birthday in May 2015, Alec Raeshawn Smith was overcome by troubling symptoms. His body ached, his stomach hurt and he wasn’t sleeping well. Laine Lu, […]
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Inslee proposes ‘public option’ health-insurance plan for Washington

The proposal is geared in part to help stabilize the Health Benefit Exchange, which has wrestled with double-digit premium increases and attempts by Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Jay Inslee and Democratic lawmakers Tuesday announced proposed legislation for a new “public option” health-care plan under Washington’s […]
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N.H. turns to data to combat opioid crisis

New Hampshire announced a new initiative Thursday to analyze data on insurance claims to better understand and combat the opioid crisis. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed an executive order forming the New Hampshire Opioid Overprescribing and Misuse Project Advisory Council. Teaming up with technology nonprofit MITRE, the initiative will work to address problems with opioid […]
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Federal judge blocks Trump rollback of birth control mandate

State Library Ed. Note:  Oregon was not one of the 13 states mentioned in the article. A federal judge has blocked, at least in 13 states, a Trump Administration rule that would green light expanded use of religious and moral objections by employers seeking to deny contraceptive coverage to their women employees. Source: Federal judge blocks […]
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Medicaid ‘Buy-In’ Could Be a New Health Care Option for the Uninsured

The idea might appeal to people hard-pressed to pay for plans on the health care exchanges. Even as calls for “Medicare for All” grow louder among Democrats in Washington, D.C., at least 10 states are exploring whether to allow residents to pay premiums to “buy in” to Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the […]
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ACA health insurance enrollment down 5 percent

Local nonprofit Northeast Oregon Network continues to assist individuals in obtaining health insurance. The period for enrolling in Affordable Care Act health insurance plans for 2019 concluded Dec. 15, 2018, and 148,180 Oregonians enrolled in plans using HealthCare.gov. While this is the first year the number of enrollees decreased from the year prior, officials with […]
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Opinion: Are chronic patients better off than a year ago? Not if insurers have a say.

Access and affordability of health care continue to dominate headlines, providing daily reminders that the health care landscape is rapidly changing and increasingly complex. But has access to care improved over the last year? How about affordability? Questions remain, but one thing is clear: Insurance companies continue to dominate the conversation. Source: Opinion: Are chronic […]
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Briefly: Oregon Enrollment In Marketplace Down 6 Percent

-State officials say the drop could be linked to uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act.- The preliminary figures for health insurance enrollment by individuals on the federal exchange show a 6 percent drop from last year. Source: Briefly: Oregon Enrollment In Marketplace Down 6 Percent