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  • Title: The Lund Report | Unlocking Our Healthcare System
    Descriptive info: .. about us.. |.. subscribe.. support us.. contact us.. sign-in.. Health Policy Board Works With Former Oregon Insurance Commissioner on Rate Review.. The board has numerous options it can pursue to strengthen Oregon’s rate review process.. By: Amanda Waldroupe.. August 12, 2013 Joel Ario, a former Oregon Insurance Division commissioner, is consulting with the Oregon Health Policy Board as it investigates possible regulatory or statutory changes to the state s insurance rate review process.. Read More >>.. Healthcare Purchasers CEO Emphasizes Mission-Driven Activities.. August 12, 2013 Last December, Daniel Mitten, then executive director of the Maricopa County Medical Society in Arizona, quit his job, sold his house, and he and his wife sold their cars and drove to Oregon, a state they d visited several times and come to love since an early Whitewater rafter trip several years ago.. Read More.. Cover Oregon s Board Hears About Difficulties Young People Face with Health Insurance.. August 12, 2013 Similar in tone and purpose to a.. meeting with small business owners.. last month, Cover Oregon s board hosted a group of people between the ages of 20 and 30 to learn more about the challenges that age group faces when trying to purchase health insurance.. Schrader Touts Cover Oregon before Local Business Leaders.. August 9, 2013 Congressman Kurt Schrader heaped praise on the state insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, even as he accused fellow Democrats of joining Republicans to mislead the public on the Affordable Care Act as he spoke before the Clackamas Rotary Club on Thursday.. Unions Worry Affordable Care Act Will Negatively Effect Trade Workers’ Health Insurance.. August 7, 2013 Trade unions are becoming concerned that the Affordable Care Act will bring about the dismantling of their health plans and force their members to pay more for health insurance.. Oregon Tribes Turn to Cover Oregon to Offset Health Service Cuts.. August 7, 2013 The federal sequestration  ...   Housing Offered for People with Developmental Disabilities.. MTMCare Expands Its Network of Pharmacists to Reach Patients Who Need Them the Most.. Ride Service Shifts from State to CCOs in Corvallis, Eugene.. Get Email Alerts.. Sign up to receive our weekly email alerts and learn about our breaking news stories and investigational reports on the healthcare industry.. We respect your privacy and won't sell or share your information with any third party.. Having Trouble.. Receiving Our Alerts?.. Support Us.. Your generous support is vital to our success.. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to The Lund Report, considered a non-profit organization by the IRS.. Comments Welcome.. If you'd like to submit a comment on any of the stories that appear in The Lund Report, you'll need to.. become a subscriber.. and share your name and email address with us.. Your name will appear on the comment that is published.. You can also.. send us story tips anonymously.. Press Releases.. Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, LLC Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation in Five Key Areas.. 2 days.. ago.. Oregon Health Authority Recognizes Zoomcare as a patient-centered primary care home.. 3 days.. Oregon State Hospital to host job fair for new Junction City campus August 15.. Funding Opportunities Posted For Community Partner Organizations.. 4 days.. MEDICARE IS 48, BUT IT S FUTURE IS BEING THREATENED.. Our Mission.. The Lund Report shines a light on the Oregon healthcare industry to help create a more accountable and transparent system.. Text Resize.. -.. A.. +.. Find Us.. Popular Keywords.. press releases.. oregon legislature.. Press Release.. Congress.. ccos.. insurers.. hospitals.. oregon health authority.. insurance.. Oregon legislature 2013.. mental health.. medicaid.. regence blue cross blue shield.. premiums.. kaiser permanente.. oregon insurance division.. regence.. ohsu.. oregon health plan.. costs.. more tags.. PO Box 82841, Portland OR, 97282 |.. info@thelundreport.. org.. Copyright 2013 by The Lund Report |.. Privacy Policy.. Development by:.. Roger Leigh.. | Design by:.. Parachute Strategies..

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  • Title: About | The Lund Report
    Descriptive info: About Us.. The Lund Report.. brings our healthcare system into focus by going beneath the surface.. Our goal is to educate you -- the consumer -- about this complex system, giving you the facts, analysis and action tools to make a difference.. We re unlike any news source you ve seen before -- the first Web site dedicated to educating Oregonians about the inner workings of the healthcare industry.. You can count on us to be timely, provocative, and offer new perspectives.. We re passionate about what we do and are beholden to no one because we do not accept funds from the healthcare industry.. Our news coverage focuses on the major issues confronting our healthcare system rising costs, unequal access and the lack of standardization to measure quality.. With an emphasis on Oregon, this online publication will include national reform efforts.. Inside The Lund Report you can hear from people willing to challenge the status quo while having an opportunity to share your own perspective.. Our Consumer Tools section helps you navigate our multi-tiered healthcare system.. For example, you ll find out how to file a complaint, get insurance coverage if you re turned down because of a pre-existing condition or sign up for the state-run pharmaceutical pool that offers lower cost drugs.. We are not a consumer advocacy organization.. Plenty of groups already exist in the community, and you ll find a contact list in our Links section.. We re a news source, not a blog.. We value and invite your comments and story suggestions.. Don t hesitate to contact us at.. We d love to hear from you.. Thanks for coming aboard!.. Sign Up.. We encourage you to sign up for The Lund Report using our.. on-line form here.. That way you can receive regular news updates, comment on articles and submit guest editorials.. We do not charge a subscription fee.. Our Web site is available to everyone.. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential and not shared with anyone.. Who We Are.. THE LUND REPORT is led by.. Diane Lund-Muzikant.. , its editor-in-chief, who has spent the past two decades writing about our healthcare system.. Diane is the founder and former executive director and editor of Oregon Health Forum/Oregon Health News, an organization she ran for 16 years.. Under her leadership, it became the leading resource for health policy issues in the Pacific Northwest.. Earlier, as a freelance journalist her work appeared in Good Housekeeping, People Magazine, The Oregonian and national health policy journals.. Diane is also a 13-year breast cancer survivor and the co-founder and board chair of Rachel s Friends Breast Cancer Coalition, an educational and advocacy organization focused on the environmental impacts of cancer.. She can be reached at Diane@thelundreport.. Contributors.. Christopher David Gray.. is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the.. Chicago Reader.. ,.. Time Out: Chicago.. Gapers Block.. , Cincinnati CityBeat andpatch.. com.. He worked previously as a staff reporter at the Roseburg News-Review, covering city government and social services in southern Oregon, where he won awards from the Oregon Publishers Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.. He recently returned to Oregon to become the legislative reporter for.. after several years in Chicago, where he reported on issues affecting the South Side black community.. He was recognized with a Rosa Parks Transit Equity Award by Developing Communities Project, the grassroots organization founded by President Barack Obama.. He also worked with Physicians for a National Health Program and the Medicare News Group.. A native of Defiance, Ohio, he is a graduate of Miami University and has a master s degree from Northwestern University s Medill School of Journalism.. Bill Lascher.. is a freelance journalist whose work appears in High Country News, the Northwest News Network, Portland Monthly and other outlets.. A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, he covers the relationship between the environment and health for the Lund Report.. Elsewhere, Lascher covers energy, transportation, natural disasters and the various intersections of the human and natural world.. A narrative nonfiction writer increasingly dipping his toes into multimedia journalism, Lascher was a Knight Digital Media Center Multimedia and Convergence journalism fellow at U.. C.. Berkeley s Graduate School of Journalism and has a master s degree in specialized journalism from the University of Southern California s Annenberg School of Journalism.. A Ventura, California native and a graduate of Oberlin College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, he was previously the editor of the.. Ventura County Reporter.. and a staff writer at the.. Pacific Coast Business Times.. His website is.. www.. lascheratlarge.. and his Twitter handle is @billlascher.. Christen McCurdy.. is a freelance journalist and technical writer whose work has appeared in.. The Oregonian.. The Portland Mercury.. Street Roots.. Oregon Business Magazine.. Bitch Magazine.. , and.. Nerve.. Previously, she was an editor and reporter for.. The Argus Observer.. in Ontario, and.. The Daily Barometer.. at Oregon State University, both of which received general excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists during her tenure.. She has also worked in direct care for adults with physical and developmental disabilities, and has volunteered with Outside In and Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette.. Her professional portfolio can be viewed.. here.. , and she can be reached at.. christenmccurdy@gmail.. Raymond Rendleman.. works full-time as the news editor for.. The Clackamas Review.. and.. The Oregon City News.. , but his passion for journalism and independent analysis of the Oregon healthcare industry is so great that he regularly contributes to.. He s also written for.. The Portland Tribune.. Willamette Week.. The Portland Observer.. and numerous other local publications and national magazines.. The Oregon/SW Washington chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has awarded him the past three years, including one award through.. Kyna Rubin.. is a freelance writer who worked for many years in Washington, D.. She was co-creator and editor of the Narrative Matters section of the health policy journal.. Health Affairs;.. she created and wrote the Inside Stories series for Grantmakers in Health; and she was staff writer/editor at The Urban Institute, where she wrote magazine articles about health policy and other institute research.. She has taught health policy writing to graduate students at George Washington University.. Trained as a China specialist (M.. A.. , Modern Chinese Literature, University of British Columbia), she has written for magazines and newspapers on China-related topics.. Joanne Scharer.. is a freelance writer/editor and writing workshop facilitator with a background in public policy.. Joanne has written policy studies and articles on public health, education, economic development, and sustainability.. Her clients have included the NC Center for Public Policy Research, the NC Department of Commerce, the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute of Government, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Oregon Health Forum, among others.. She earned master s degrees in public administration and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.. Joanne moved to Oregon from North  ...   Board is requiring participation in the Health Engagement you reported on in June.. PEBB notified employees Oct.. 6.. I am concerned about privacy violations.. Is what they're requiring legal under HIPPA? Here's part of the memo employees received:.. 3.. I understand that my Health Assessment will include recommendations customized for me that may include the following required standards:.. a.. If my waist circumference exceeds a certain number of inches, I will participate in Weight Watchers or nutritional counseling or a program of physical activity or an assessment and action plan appropriate for me developed by my provider.. The number for women is 35 inches– excluding pregnant women and women within 24 months after giving birth.. The number for men is 40 inches.. b.. If I am a tobacco user, I will participate in a tobacco cessation program, e.. g.. Quit for Life, or other therapy recommended by my provider.. c.. If my Health Assessment identifies stress, alcohol use or substance abuse as risks to my health, I will contact the employee assistance program or complete an e-lesson on reducing the risk, or work with my provider to develop a plan of action.. d.. If a licensed medical professional from Kaiser or Providence calls me about a diagnosed chronic condition or other illness based on information submitted by my provider, I will accept or return the call to learn about potential support services for managing my condition.. 4.. I will review Decision Points information as available on my health plan’s website prior to non-emergency surgeries or medical tests.. https://members.. kaiserpermanente.. org/kpweb/healthency.. do?hwid=share.. (Kaiser) and.. http://www.. providence.. org/healthlibrary/contentViewer.. aspx?hwid=share.. (Providence).. 5.. I will document the actions I take (and, if applicable, those taken by my spouse or domestic partner) on the HEM log or in a similar form.. My documentation will include dates of completing the Health Assessment and e-lessons, contacts with a case or disease manager, and participation in program requirements.. Leaves a lot of questions: who is conducting the Health Assessment? How much is the penalty for non-compliance.. As outlined, it is punitive.. Big Brother-ish!.. I think an incentive plan is far better.. Here's a link to the full memo.. oregon.. gov/DAS/PEBB/2012Benefits/Docs/HemAgreement20110929.. pdf.. Hope you can tell us if this is not a violation of privacy.. Thank you! I appreciate receiving your newsletter!.. Submitted by Anonymous on September 8, 2011 - 6:42pm.. Years ago, I worked for the Oregon Health Forum as an administrative assistant.. I am so excited to be reading The Lund Report now.. This new format is so positive and informative.. The news items are great! Thank you so much.. Retha.. Positive change.. Submitted by Anonymous on June 15, 2011 - 5:49pm.. I am thankful and struck by the positive approach to the thought that health care is a human right.. It's part of the social contract that we have as a country, although it seems that the social contract only occurs when someone thinks about someone else.. We have other basic social rights as well, but health care is top on the list at this point.. Next we need to deal with the issue of housing for all (something that is missing in Portland).. Let's keep the fire going!.. Is this a new policy? Kudos.. Submitted by Anonymous on June 12, 2011 - 8:12am.. Hi Diane,.. {from your above statement}.. "We’re passionate about what we do and are beholden to no one because we do not accept funds from the healthcare industry.. ".. Again, kudos to you and your team.. I am pleased to see your nod to authentic transparency and hope you are not accepting industry funds, their leadership and lobbyists - directly or otherwise.. Complex systems can too often be like briar patches.. All the best for a brighter, transparent tomorrow for all - Thank you.. Sean.. sean@circus-oregon.. profit margins need to be curtailed.. Submitted by Kathleen Brown on April 12, 2011 - 7:07pm.. I agree that many times people get very poor value for their health care dollar, but stating that "profit margins need to be curtailed" is a populist sentiment that is not based on any facts.. Some people would like to eliminate all profit, and feel that profit is evil, but they generally like getting their own paycheck! My entire check is profit, meaning I get whatever is left after all other expenses have been paid and after everyone else has been paid.. I care about giving quality and value, too (very much).. I'm not just motivated by profit, but feel that profit is extremely important.. This is a dangerous notion, that profit is bad, or that someone else needs to control prices and profit.. Profits????.. Submitted by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 - 9:08pm.. Providers do not profit.. They receive fees.. Their services need to be fairly reimbursed.. Investors in for-profit hospitals rely on profits.. Investors have no other interest other than profits.. Some investors in US for-profit hospitals reside outside our nation.. They are part of the global investor class.. Ditto when it comes to for-profit pharmaceutical companies.. Double-ditto with for-profit insurers.. Health care is a human right.. Human rights should not be subject to machinations committed by the medical industry complex!.. Every person in the US can be covered for all medically-necessary care and ancillary services for far less than the $2.. 7 trillion that will be spent on US health "care" this year! The average family of four with decent insurance would save about 75% of what they currently spend each year.. (An average of about $15,000, counting premiums, deductibles, and copays.. ).. Profits? We don't need no stinkin' profits! We need health care for all just like the grown-up countries have!.. Your origins, contributors mission.. Submitted by Anonymous on April 9, 2011 - 3:23pm.. I just came across your site.. think I heard about it on KPOJ the other morning? I work in Salem for a House Rep and so I forwarded your report to my home email.. Very interesting so far.. I will lurk a bit more and open up my purse in near future.. Definitely need your reporting!.. would like to remain anonymous.. Great work.. Submitted by Anonymous on March 29, 2011 - 3:25pm.. I support your work and wished could help with some donation, however, I am currently unemployed and money is tight.. Maybe I will be able to contribute in the future.. Nadeem.. PEBB Works on RFP for 2015; Expands Coverage of Foot Ailments.. 5 days.. Recent Comments.. Dr.. Thieman makes a good.. 3 days 17 hours ago.. Although the number of.. 3 days 22 hours ago.. Herbicides are pesticides.. 1 week 6 days ago.. Round up is an herbacide, not.. 2 weeks 3 days ago.. I agree with dthieman - CMS.. 3 weeks 4 days ago.. OHSU is making rapid progress.. 3 weeks 5 days ago.. Brokers and agents have an.. 3 weeks 6 days ago.. Dthieman: Please provide.. Oregon s exchange must not.. Biased reporting here..

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    Descriptive info: Support The Lund Report.. The Lund Report depends on your financial support.. Your contributions allow us to bring you the most updated news reports on healthcare issues.. We refuse to accept paid advertisements.. Because The Lund Report is a 501(C)3 nonprofit recognized by the IRS, your donations are considered tax-deductible (EIN 263019179).. Use PayPal now or send checks to The Lund Report, POB 82841, Portland, OR 97282.. You will be mailed a receipt for your tax records..

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    Descriptive info: Contact Us.. The Lund Report is an independent news source that keeps you informed about state and local healthcare issues.. Our web magazine, which launched in April 2009, reaches thousands of people each week.. If you have any questions, please contact:.. Diane Lund-Muzikant,.. Editor-in-Chief.. David Rosenfeld.. , Associate Editor.. You can also reach us at POB 82841, Portland, OR 97282..

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  • Title: Health Policy Board Works With Former Oregon Insurance Commissioner on Rate Review | The Lund Report
    Descriptive info: By:.. Amanda Waldroupe.. Ario works as a managing director for.. Manatt Health Solutions.. He served as Oregon s insurance commissioner from 2000 to 2007, after which he served as insurance commissioner in Pennsylvania, then as director of the U.. S.. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Insurance Exchanges, where he oversaw the development of state health insurance exchanges for two years.. He brings a honed experience of the dynamics and issues related to implementing the federal Affordable Care Act at the state level.. During the Oregon Health Policy Board s meeting earlier this week, he said bolstering the state s rate review process and how you regulate the commercial marketplace can reflect and support the state s efforts to create a patient-centered and efficient healthcare system, and potentially cause the lowering and containing of healthcare costs.. Oregon s rate review process currently examines the premium and other rate increases proposed by the insurance companies in the state each year, to determine if the rate increases are fair.. The Oregon Insurance Division holds public hearings, and has the power to increase, lower, or approve the rates requested by insurance companies after looking at the reasoning behind each rate request.. In July, the Insurance Division.. published its approved rates.. , and slashed the proposed rates from a couple percentage points to 35 percent a sign of the impact health reform will have on healthcare costs, sources say.. In the last two years, Oregon has quickly transformed the healthcare system serving Oregon Health Plan patients to a coordinated system of care by integrating the physical, mental and dental healthcare through coordinated care organizations.. The hope of state officials, especially Governor John Kitzhaber, is to spread that type of care to the health plans offered through the Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB), the Oregon Employees Benefit Board (OEBB), and the private market.. Reforming rate review is the latest move toward that goal.. In June, Governor John Kitzhaber sent a.. letter.. to the board asking it to develop recommendations for possible statutory and regulatory regulations to the state s rate review process designed to reduce the costs of the state s healthcare system, decrease health premiums, and hold insurance companies accountable.. Bruce Goldberg, the Oregon Health Authority s director, said the reforms the Oregon Health Policy Board are considering go far beyond simply review.. It s rate regulation and standards, he said.. Quality prices don t have to happen in a rate review as much as it can happen in [developing] standards for qualified health plans.. The question confronting the board, according to Mike Bonetto,  ...   innovate to meet the outcomes, rather than having lengthy regulations.. Ario presented a variety of options on how the state s rate review process can be toughened in terms of transparency, ensuring quality, and encouraging cost containment.. There is no shortage of ideas.. We can t do them all, he said, encouraging the board to focus on ideas that make the most sense for Oregon at the current time.. Some changes the policy board could recommend include requiring insurance companies to disclose hospital and provider pricing, contract terms, and spending trends in various geographic regions of Oregon; setting standards or goals at the insurer level, such as creating goals around reducing hospital and emergency room admissions, requiring use of evidence-based medicine and best practices, and requiring expanding the use of electronic medical records.. One of the most important recommendations the board could make is encouraging the private market to adopt the model of care the Oregon Health Plan s coordinated care organizations are using coordinating mental and physical health care, using patient-centered primary care homes, and tying outcomes to payment and reimbursement.. Ario pointed out that as the board s process moves forward and it decides on recommendations that would require legislation during the February session next year, doing things that are politically feasible is an important consideration.. There was little discussion amongst the board of which options to investigate further.. Felisa Hagins, the political director of SEIU Local 49, did say that she thought the key three things that should be looked into further are enhanced disclosure of pricing, making contract terms public, and quality reporting.. Lillian Shirley, the director of Multnomah County s health department and co-chair of the policy board, said the board will communicate privately before its September 10 meeting and begin making decisions.. During that meeting, the board will also get its first glance of possible models for rate review and accept public testimony.. Chris Koller, a former insurance commissioner from Rhode Island who oversaw reforms to that state s rate review process, will give a presentation to the board detailing Rhode Island s rate review model.. That state forces insurers to disclose the cost of various healthcare services, giving physicians and other providers the ability to refer patients to less expensive and more effective services.. The state s insurance commissioner can also pressure insurers to include improved primary care and cost-effective and evidence-based programs, such as medical homes, in their contracts.. Bookmark/Search this post with.. 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  • Title: Healthcare Purchasers CEO Emphasizes 'Mission-Driven' Activities | The Lund Report
    Descriptive info: Daniel Mitten, who comes to the organization from Arizona, cautions against spreading the organization too thin.. It just got too hot for me, Mitten said of Arizona, laughing.. In April, Mitten became executive director of the Oregon Coalition of Healthcare Purchasers, a nonprofit membership organization of private and public purchasers that offer group health benefits.. I think a lot of my membership skills and abilities cross over, Mitten said, not just because the Maricopa Medical Society is a healthcare organization, but because it s member-driven and membership is voluntary.. Mitten is hoping to focus on more mission-driven work in the near future.. We exist to do two things serve the members and serve the community, Mitten said, adding that he and the organization s staff are working on rebranding, retooling, reorganizing the organization for the near future.. It s not that the coalition was run badly before, Mitten said, though it s common for member organizations to get spread too thin when it comes to outreach projects and grant opportunities.. We ve spread ourselves too thin sometimes on grant opportunities, such as outreach around specific diseases, which is understandable, he said, adding that he d like to see the organization get back to its core mission of being a voice for members and providing basic opportunities to help its employees stay healthy.. On the immediate horizon, the coalition is working on a diabetes prevention program  ...   at the Maricopa Medical Society at the ripe young age of 18 and worked his way up from the mail room, taking over the executive director position after his father, the former director of the medical society, retired in 2010.. The medical society was formed in 1892 to establish credentialing for medical licenses and in recent years has opened clinics for indigent care and run health fairs for low-income people, while also advocating for physicians at the legislative level.. The Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers recent activities include working with the National Business Coalition of Health on the American Health Strategy Project, offering eDocAmerica (an online medical database and nurse advice phone line) to all members, and sponsoring the legislation that created the Oregon Patient Safety Commission in 2003.. Mitten said he s looking forward to working in a more progressive political climate than he found in Arizona, where he encountered a lot of hostility about all facets of healthcare reform.. I really enjoy the Oregon culture and the Portland vibe, he said.. Rather than opposing things and opposing everything, I ve found even if you don t agree with what someone has to say, we can work on things.. TO LEARN MORE.. :.. For more information about the Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers, click.. Christen McCurdy can be reached at.. christen@thelundreport.. Daniel Mitten.. Maricopa County Medical Society.. Oregon Coalition of Healthcare Purchasers..

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  • Title: Cover Oregon's Board Hears About Difficulties Young People Face with Health Insurance | The Lund Report
    Descriptive info: Helping make health insurance understandable to young people who may have never purchased insurance before will be crucial to getting them to purchase it on the exchange.. Many of them told the board they had been covered by numerous health plans in the last few years, including through their parents, college or university, or new job.. They also said many people their age either passively let their parents buy health insurance for them, or go without coverage.. The reasons, they said, are that it s too difficult to compare and understand various plans, and too costly.. They re scared of the process, and scared of the cost, said Ari Wubbold, who spoke to the board.. I don t think I ve ever had reliable health insurance, said Carmen Cordis.. I feel like it s always been difficult to access.. My parents never really cared about finding health insurance because they assumed it was too expensive, and assumed nothing bad would happen.. Collectively, the group told Cover Oregon s board that young people need to learn a lot about the Affordable Care Act, insurance exchanges, and how to navigate health insurance if they want them to purchase insurance through the exchange.. Wubbold said the most effective way to convince young people to purchase health insurance is to compare the monthly cost to any other bill they might have, such as what  ...   will be able to compare and purchase health insurance by next January.. It s important how Cover Oregon talks about the exchange and health insurance, and can t seem like an elaborate bureaucracy that will be difficult to understand.. Wubbold also said that the majority of the healthcare debate has not been directed at young people, but elderly people.. We don t use [healthcare] as much.. Few knew that because of the Affordable Care Act, they could be on their parent s health plan until they turned 26 or had heard of the insurance exchange before being invited to attend the board meeting.. They also didn t know they would potentially be eligible to receive tax credits if they purchase insurance through the exchange.. When asked what was important in a health plan, they said access to preventive care, catastrophic care that was affordable, and access to adequate birth control and reproductive services.. What would be affordable? asked Ken Allen, a board member and director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75.. Bang for the buck, responded Tawana Johnson, an outreach organizer with the Urban League of Portland.. Something that offers me a lot of benefit for the services, and a health plan where we have options.. Amanda Waldroupe can be reached at awaldroupe@gmail.. undefined.. Small Business Reality Check on Affordable Care Act: It’s Here to Stay… and That’s a Darn Good Thing..

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  • Title: Insurance Exchange Takes Advice from Small Business Owners | The Lund Report
    Descriptive info: Insurance Exchange Takes Advice from Small Business Owners.. Using insurance agents to disseminate information and network at trade conferences is key to spreading word about the exchange, they said.. July 12, 2013 Four small business owners encouraged the board of directors of the state s developing health insurance exchange to use insurance agents and network with trade associations to educate small businesses about the exchange and its upcoming enrollment period beginning October 1.. The board of Cover Oregon the exchange s name met yesterday, and hosted the business owners to learn more about what the exchange can do to make it easier for businesses to enroll in and use the exchange, an online marketplace where approximately one million uninsured individual Oregonians and small businesses will be able to compare and purchase health insurance by next January.. All four expressed eagerness to be part of the exchange.. But they also said that many small business owners and employees either did not know enough about the exchange or how to compare and choose among various health plans.. Both could be potential hazards for the exchange.. Because individuals and businesses will select health plans offered by the exchange via the Internet, the website has to be clear, easy to navigate, user friendly, and allow people to compare health plans in a way that s easy to comprehend.. And the number of people enrolled in the exchange is vital for its success and financial solvency.. Currently, Cover Oregon is funded by federal grants scheduled to expire by the end of 2015.. Cover Oregon expects to support itself with a 2.. 52 percent administrative fee, equating to approximately $16 for each person who purchases coverage.. To break even, Cover Oregon must enroll between 100,000 and 125,000 people by the end of 2015.. Jim Houser, owner of Hawthorne Auto Clinic and a member of the exchange s community advisory committee, told Cover Oregon s board that he had attended multiple seminars about health insurance exchanges hosted by trade associations, and was surprised by the lack of information or wrong information those in the business industry had about the exchange.. The people they ve brought up are not up to date, or not being completely truthful, Houser said.. There is a ton of misinformation.. Mike Roach, owner of Paloma Clothing, agreed and said the insurance agents that Cover Oregon uses to sell its health plans can  ...   the benefits his older employees do.. The younger ones may opt for lower cost plans, and not care about the [insurance] company they are with, he said.. In addition to using insurance agents as a way to spread word about the exchange, the business owners encouraged the board to begin communicating with trade organizations and business groups.. Some of the board members noted that some of those groups are already beginning to learn independently about the exchange.. You re starting to see it in specific industries, said Aelea Christofferson, a board member and owner of Bend s ATL Communications.. But at the same time, she noted that Cover Oregon s board doesn t necessarily know what the various trade organizations are.. She asked if the business owners would be willing to help the board target specific people and organizations to contact, which they agreed, indicating increasing collaboration between Cover Oregon and business owners excited about the exchange.. Liz Baxter, the board s chair and executive director of the Oregon Public Health Institute, asked the business owners about their thoughts on the exchange s software interface what people will see when they go to Cover Oregon s website to sign up for health insurance.. The owners emphasized easy navigation, a website with few pages to click through, and information easily understood by people not familiar with health insurance.. Its main feature is going to be ease, Houser said.. The advice that Christine Chin Ryan, president of the IT firm Synergy Consulting Inc.. , gave illustrated the high bar the exchange has to pass to succeed.. Make sure it works very, very well, Ryan said.. Image for this story by.. Sal Falko.. CC BY-NC 2.. 0.. ) via.. Flickr.. Amanda Waldroupe can be reached at.. awaldroupe@gmail.. Cover Oregon.. health insurance exchanges.. Submitted by DanFielding on July 16, 2013 - 9:01am.. Brokers and agents have an essential role in this process.. They can assist in navigating the nonsensical waters of health insurance.. Submitted by dthieman on July 15, 2013 - 6:22pm.. Oregon's exchange must not delegate education entirely to brokers and agents.. Some will provide excellent education; but the comparative spreadsheets many use for plan options do not take into account important plan specifics that make a big difference for some potential insured people and their employers.. A balanced education approach is critical, and the exchange has a role that cannot be delegated..

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  • Title: Schrader Touts Cover Oregon before Local Business Leaders | The Lund Report
    Descriptive info: The moderate Democratic congressman from the Fifth District, south of Portland, worked to explain the Affordable Care Act before the Clackamas Rotary Club while home on recess from Congress.. Christopher David Gray.. 9, 2013 Congressman Kurt Schrader heaped praise on the state insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, even as he accused fellow Democrats of joining Republicans to mislead the public on the Affordable Care Act as he spoke before the Clackamas Rotary Club on Thursday.. I wouldn t believe anything coming out of the Democratic or Republican caucuses right now, Schrader, D-Canby, told the group of small business leaders.. Instead, they should turn to Cover Oregon: They re not here to sell you a box of rocks or a bowl of cherries.. Schrader was courteously received by the Rotary Club, even as the more vocal members of the business crowd asked questions critical of the Affordable Care Act.. One of the Rotary members told Schrader that Congress should be required to buy their insurance on the exchanges if they expect individuals and small businesses to do so, but Schrader revealed that he s not only a fan of Cover Oregon, he s soon to be a member.. Every member of Congress has to go on the exchange, just like you, the congressman replied.. Open enrollment for Cover Oregon runs from October to March and the plans take effect in January for individuals and businesses with fewer than 50 employees.. Premium costs will be offset by subsides for individuals whose family income falls below 400 percent of the poverty line.. Small businesses with fewer than 25 employees and average salaries below $50,000 can also receive a subsidy.. Starting next year, health care coverage for employees will become fully tax-deductible.. It all hinges on whether people do  ...   seen people losing their homes because they don t have insurance.. Schrader couched his presentation of the Affordable Care Act in a neutral fashion for a law that Congressional Republicans have tried to repeal 40 times.. But while pointing to positive aspects, such as a nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report that showed the act will increase federal revenues, he also laid down a few criticisms.. I think there s an argument to be made that the subsidies are too rich, Schrader said, repeating a comment he made Tuesday before the Rotary Club in Dallas.. Congress is in recess until after Labor Day, allowing federal legislators to meet with their constituents back home.. Schrader also thinks penalties for skipping coverage should be higher as well as copayments, calling for the need for more personal responsibility in healthcare.. And, he wants to work to change the definitions for full-time employees and seasonal farmer workers, noting Oregon s growing season is longer than the four-month exemption period where employers don t have to offer the coverage or face penalties.. It s such a poisonous topic back East, Schrader said.. Nobody wants to get into the fix-it phase.. Any penalties to employers will wait to take effect until 2015, but most individuals will be taxed at 1 percent of their 2014 income if they refuse to buy coverage.. That penalty increases to 2.. 5 percent in later years.. I appreciate the fact that it s a compromise, said insurance agent James Maciokas of West Linn, alluding to alternatives such as single-payer national health insurance preferred by many liberals.. I understand that it s a work in progress.. The current system is broken.. Something needed to be done.. Christopher can be reached at chris@thelundreport.. Clackamas Rotary Club.. kurt schrader..

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