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Teaching Students about Health Insurance

EUGENE, Ore. — Now that people in Oregon have more choices when it comes to health insurance, one group at the University of Oregon is working to inform students about all of their options when it comes to health insurance.

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SO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE? NOW WHAT?

Having the facts can make all the difference when it comes to health insurance. To make the most of new choices, protections and financial help, you need good information. This guide can help you find quality coverage that won’t break the bank.

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REGENCE BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD DEFENDS PROPOSED RATE HIKE AT SALEM HEARING

Escalating medical and prescription drug costs have given Regence BlueCross BlueShield executives little choice but to raise rates an average 9.6 percent for people who buy their own insurance, an executive told Oregon insurance regulators Monday.

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REGENCE REDUCES PAYMENTS TO HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS

July 26, 2012 -- Physicians and other healthcare professionals are being hit with a rate reduction from Regence BlueCross BlueShield on October 1, while the insurer is asking the InsuranceDivision to approve a 9.6 percent increase for roughly 53,000 people who buy their own coverage. A public hearing on that rate request will be held next Monday at 3 p.m. in Salem.

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PROVIDENCE CUSTOMERS MAY SEE RATES RISE AS MUCH AS 18.6%

Providence Customers May See Rates Rise As Much As 18.6%

More than 12,000 Oregonians with individual health insurance plans will see rate hikes of 15.7% on average, and as high as 18.6%, if the premium rate hike posted today by Providence Health Plans goes forward. Many customers will also see increased out-of-pocket costs.

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Regence BlueCross BlueShield Rate Hike to Reach 16.4 Percent for Some Customers

July 9, 2012 -- More than 52,000 Oregonians with individual health insurance plans will see rate hikes of 9.6% on average, and as high as 16.4%, if the premium rate hike posted today by Regence BlueCross BlueShield goes forward.

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Regence Rate Hike to Reach 16.4% for Some Customers

PORTLAND, Ore., July 6 -- The Oregon State Public Interest Research Groupissued the following news release:

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Comments on PacificSource's Small Business Rate Hike Proposal

PacificSource is proposing to increase rates 5.56% on average, affecting 35,224 Oregonians enrolled in small business plans. If approved, this rate increase will have wide ranging impacts. Most enrollees will see increases of between 6% and 10%. Some will see increases of up to 11.2%. Over 27% will see increases of between 8% and 14%.

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State of the rates

As any small business or individual who pays for health insurance can tell you, it hasn't been easy. Far from it, what with 20 percent rate hikes and a terrible economy.

But thanks to new rules to crack down on excessive health insurance rate hikes – and the greater scrutiny that has followed – consumers have reason for cautious optimism.

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Comments on Regence's Rate Hike Proposal

We are concerned that Regence BlueCross BlueShield (Regence) has not adequately justified its proposal for a rate increase impacting 47,806 Oregonians with coverage through a small business employer.

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