health insurance

Direct Primary Care
7:59 am
Fri December 19, 2014

For Some Employers, A New Health Care Trend Means Healthier Employees

Mike Hoon leads a staff meeting at Emerald Care nursing home.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

There's a small but growing trend in healthcare--a trend where doctors are paid differently, so they can focus on a relationship with their patients, and where patients are able to see doctors without worrying  about the cost.

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Health and Wellness
5:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Oregon Congressman Pushes End-Of-Life Conversations

Legislators are working to try to allow doctors to bill health insurance companies for end-of-life conversations.
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Currently, if a doctor wants to talk to a patient about dying, he or she has to do it off-the-clock. They can't bill insurance companies for the time.

Portland Democrat, Earl Blumenauer, says he has 60 co-sponsors for his bill to allow such conversations to be covered by Medicare and Medicaid.

"It will pay for a 93-year-old woman with terminal cancer to have her hip replaced, but it won't pay a couple of hundred bucks for the doctor to have a conversation with this woman and her family to find out what her wishes are," he said.

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Health Care
6:14 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Washington Insurer Settles Suit Over Autism Treatment

Families with autistic children took Regence BlueShield to court in Washington over its failure to cover autism treatment.
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The biggest health insurance company in Washington, Regence BlueShield, has settled a pair of class action lawsuits for $6 million.

Families with autistic children took the company to court over its failure to cover a treatment known as 'Applied Behavioral Therapy.' It involves extensive one-on-one work between a child and a therapist, and can cost $50,000 a year or more.

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Cover Oregon
7:53 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Cover Oregon Officials To Face State Lawmakers

State lawmakers are set to grill the leaders of Cover Oregon on Monday and Tuesday.
Credit Cover Oregon

The leaders of Oregon's struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

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Idaho Medicaid
7:41 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Medicaid Payment Woes Plague Idaho Mental-Health Providers

Taylor Moore, a 30-year-old Boise resident with a mental-health diagnosis, reads questions on a vocational-rehab services application at the library in Downtown Boise, with assistance from Maegan Wagner, his community-based rehabilitation services worker through Idaho Behavioral Health. The agency has experienced a pattern of problems over several months getting paid for a variety of services, sometimes getting pennies back on a $100 claim. Optum Idaho said it has corrected the problem.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The state’s effort to rein in Medicaid costs has created deep friction between small businesses that deliver behavioral-health services to Medicaid patients and a new contractor hired to manage them.

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Healthcare
5:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Insurance Commissioner: Wash. Health Plans Must Cover Services For Transgender People

Health plans in Washington State can’t refuse to cover services for transgender people if the same procedures are covered for others.
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Health plans in Washington state can’t refuse to cover services for transgender people if the same procedures are covered for others. That’s the message from the state insurance commissioner, who says he’ll take action against insurers who don’t comply.

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Northwest Healthcare
4:05 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Washington Insurance Commissioner: Premera 'Guts' Consumer Protection Bill

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Washington OIC

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 3:38 pm

Washington’s Insurance Commissioner wants to notify consumers if their insurance company is on the verge of bankruptcy.

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Cover Oregon
5:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Grill Director Of Health Insurance Exchange

Cover Oregon

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:04 pm

Oregon's Obamacare health insurance exchange is finally getting some traction after a shaky beginning.

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Cover Oregon
4:49 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Leadership Changes At Cover Oregon

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced leadership changes at Cover Oregon.
Credit Orna Izakson / Wikimedia Commons

"We are putting all hands on deck to make sure again that everyone who wants and needs health coverage in this state, is able to get it and get enrolled in a plan by January 1st," says John Kitzhaber.
He announced two main staffing changes.

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Cover Oregon
5:47 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Question Health Insurance Exchange Director

The head of Cover Oregon is acknowledging the troubles of the health insurance exchange. But Rocky King described the system as “unfinished”, rather than “broken.” Oregon lawmakers are questioning King Wednesday in hearings on why Cover Oregon has failed to sign up even one customer. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman says despite the troubled rollout, King's job doesn't appear to be in immediate jeopardy.

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