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35% more insurance plans to be available after reform, according to analysis. In Oregon the number has already gone from 9 pre-reform to 12 post-reform. Learn more here.
This article summarizes California’s Hospital Fair Pricing Act, which was passed in 2006 with the intent of protecting low-income uninsured patients from having to pay hospitals’ full billed charges. Something for Oregon to consider? Look here for full article.
For the first time you can compare charges from hospitals in an area. This data is from FY 2011, so not reflective of current charges, but you can still see the wide variability of charges for the same procedure. Link to article from Washington Post Link to downloadable CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) data
The Ways and Means Committee of the 2013 Oregon Legislative session is on the road, holding public hearings on the state’s proposed budget. Here are the remaining meetings on their calendar so far: Bend: Friday, April 19 4:30 – 6 pm William Healy Armory 875 SW Simpson Ave. Hermiston: Saturday, April 20 1:30 – 3:30 pm Hermiston High School Auditorium, 600 …