Tag Archives: Health Insurance

Attempt to reform Oregon coordinated care organizations runs into stiff opposition in Salem

An attempt to increase regulation of Oregon’s 16 coordinated care organizations, which oversee government-funded health care for low-income residents, is in rocky waters in the Legislature.

Oregon’s Medicaid mess

“Troubling” doesn’t begin to describe the current situation at the Oregon Health Authority, which, state auditors have discovered, has been doling out hundreds of millions of dollars to tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients who may or may not be eligible for the benefits.

Oregon Health Authority holding veterans hostage, collecting ransom (Guest opinion)

The Oregon Health Authority is holding our veterans and their families hostage collecting ransom payments from providers. The so-called “certificate of need” is the go-ahead hospitals need from government before they can build new facilities. The health authority’s process is bureaucratic terrorism. Source: Oregon Health Authority holding veterans hostage, collecting ransom (Guest opinion) | OregonLive.com

OHA: Determining Medicaid eligibility complicated

In response to an audit memo released by the Oregon Secretary of State this week, the Oregon Health Authority said that the process for determining eligibility for the program has been hampered by old, disparate systems for keeping track of Medicaid recipients and the failure of Cover Oregon, the state’s expensive attempt at a health […]
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Insurers seek double-digit hikes in ‘18; Companies may be pricing for uncertainty

Most health insurers selling individual policies in Oregon are once again seeking double-digit price hikes for 2018. The proposed increases in premiums, or monthly prices, however, are overall not quite as high as they’ve been in recent years. Companies are seeking to raise premiums on their individual market policies — those people buying for themselves […]
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Health insurance rate increases for 2018 submitted to regulators

Oregonians in the individual insurance market should brace themselves for yet another year of double-digit rate hikes. Eight insurance companies are seeking increases ranging from 6.9 percent to 21.8 percent over 2017. The companies had until Tuesday to submit their 2018 rate requests with the Oregon Insurance Commission. Source: Health insurance rate increases for 2018 […]
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Individual Oregonians’ Health Insurance Rates May Increase By Nearly 22 Percent Next Year

Individual Oregonians who buy health insurance through Healthcare.gov may see rates jump by nearly 22 percent next year. PacificSource is seeking the lowest rate increase at about 7 percent. ATRIO Health is looking for the highest — at 21.8 percent. Source: Individual Oregonians’ Health Insurance Rates May Increase By Nearly 22 Percent Next Year . News | OPB

Rural Shoppers Face Slim Choices, Steep Premiums On Exchanges

People living in sparsely populated areas who shopped for coverage on the state health insurance marketplaces in 2017 frequently had just one or two insurers from which to pick and often faced significantly higher premiums than did people in more urban areas, according to a new study. Source: Rural Shoppers Face Slim Choices, Steep Premiums On […]
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Gov’t report: Efforts to reduce US uninsured stalled in 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 28.6 million people were uninsured last year, unchanged from 2015. The uninsured rate was 9 percent, an insignificant difference from 9.1 percent in 2015. After five consecutive years of coverage gains, progress toward reducing the number of uninsured Americans stalled in 2016, according to a government […]
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Kate Brown and Oregon lawmakers consider health care taxes to fund Medicaid

Solving the $882 million shortfall in the Oregon Health Authority budget is key to closing the $1.6 billion hole in the next two-year general fund budget. In April, top Democrat budget writers warned they would have to throw 350,000 low-income Oregonians off Medicaid and cut a number of other vital programs unless the Legislature raises […]
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