Category Archive for: ‘Blog’

Stop the Churn: Preventing Gaps in Health Insurance Coverage

Commonwealth Fund new blog article on insurance churn. How will the Insurance Exchange impact the churn?    

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Presentation on Oregon Health Insurance Co-ops

Here are the Power Point slides that were used by Dawn Bonder and Ralph Prows at tonight’s forum on Oregon’s two new CO-OPs. They have been put together into one file, which you can view here. For best viewing of the video, click the  full-screen icon in the video player below. Do not select the “Double Size” option.

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Insurance Exchanges Impact the Level of Competition in Nongroup Market

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.

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CA Hospital Fair Pricing Act- What can Oregon learn from this?

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.    

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Medicare Hospital Charges Now Public

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

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