Tag Archives: Health Insurance/Health Plans

More Oregonians Had Health Insurance in Q1 of 2018 – But Fewer Got it at Work

Providence Health Plan covers more Oregonians than any other insurer, including a significant share who buy individual plans on the Affordable Care Act-created exchange. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: More Oregonians Had Health Insurance in Q1 of 2018 – But Fewer Got it at Work | The Lund Report

Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances

Individuals buying Affordable Care Act health plans for 2019 are likely to see rate hikes next year, if most the state’s seven domestic health insurers have their way, according to rate requests submitted to state regulators this week. But it’s not all bad news. Source: Insurers Want Rate Hikes (Mostly), Despite Improving Finances | The […]
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Some Oregonians may face 16% health insurance hikes in 2019

Oregon health insurers’ rate requests for next year are all over the map, but considerably less than proposals in at least two other states. In the individual market, the average requests range from a 9.6 percent decrease from PacificSource Health Plans to a 16.3 percent increase from Health Net Health Plan of Oregon, according to […]
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Oregon health insurers propose rates for 2019

Most would go up, but PacificSource wants to cut premiums. New rate filings from Oregon health plans suggest the individual insurance market is stabilizing, but consumers may still face significant premium increases next year. Six of the seven insurance plans requested 2019 premium increases of 5 percent to 16.3 percent over 2018 rates. That’s only […]
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High deductibles slow patients from getting treatment

Study finds that women with breast cancer delay care when faced with insurance barriers. When Pam Leonard felt a lump in her breast last November, she hesitated, debating whether to get testing to see if she had cancer. She thought of her insurance policy, which carries a deductible of $2,600. She knew she would also […]
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Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s health-care sabotage

Insurance rates are falling. The states should step up. The Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit foundation focused on health-care issues, announced last week that the rate of working-age Americans without health insurance in the group’s annual survey rose to 15.5 percent, up about three percentage points since 2016. Source: Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s […]
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ZOOM+Care Annnounces ACO Partnership With Aetna

The two companies forecast that large employers could save 15 percent compared to comparable plans as a result of coordinated care and other efficiencies. Portland-based ZOOM+Care is dipping its toe back into the world of health insurance through a partnership with Aetna that will target large, cost-conscious employers – fulfilling a prophecy the Portland-based healthcare […]
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Will new short-term health plans undermine Obamacare?

This is a great deal for young folks. Unfortunately, it could be a very bad deal for the rest of us. n February, the Trump administration announced that it was going to allow insurers to sell short-term, limited-duration health insurance plans to individuals. Reaction to this plan was, let us say, quite mixed. “If consumers […]
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Insurers are making it harder for me to treat my opioid-addicted patients

Without access to critical medication, detoxified patients are extremely likley to relapse. I’m an addiction specialist, and my voice-mail inbox is always nearly full. Some messages are from desperate individuals looking for outpatient treatment or help finding a detoxification program. Others are from patients needing a letter confirming their treatment for a child-custody dispute or […]
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Bare-Bones Health Policies Are Cheaper Than ACA Plans—and Riskier Too

If you are both a state employee and registered with the State Library, you can access the article below via this link. Run your search for the story of interest. The State Library is currently offering a trial of the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Alternatively, contact us at 503-378-8800 or library.help@state.or.us to request the […]
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