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WSU's Lisa Brown to kick off Spokane Conference

Jon Brumbach | Aug 24, 2015 | Washington

Lynne Saxton to speak on progress of OR Health Authority

Jon Brumbach | Aug 20, 2015 | Oregon

The 2015 Oregon State of Reform Health Policy Conference on Sept. 15 will close with one of the most important voices in Oregon health care today, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Director Lynne Saxton. We are honored to have Saxton participate as our afternoon keynote speaker, providing a progress report on...[ Read More ]

AK: Governor 'resolute' in face of Medicaid lawsuit

Jon Brumbach | Aug 19, 2015 | Alaska, Federal

JUNEAU -- This week the Alaska Legislature announced that it plans to sue Governor Bill Walker in response to his decision to expand Medicaid without legislative approval. The suit is intended to halt the planned September 1st implementation of expansion until the Court can rule on the constitutionality of the...[ Read More ]

WA Exchange announces end of premium aggregation

| Aug 19, 2015 | Washington

Washington Healthplanfinder Announces Premium Payment Change for Customers Health, dental plan customers must pay insurance companies beginning Sept. 24 OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today announced that current Qualified Health Plan and Qualified Dental Plan customers must pay their monthly premium payment directly to their insurance company beginning Sept. 24....[ Read More ]

WA: OIC releases transparency rule drafts

Jon Brumbach | Aug 19, 2015 | Washington

OLYMPIA -- This week the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) released two draft regulations regarding health insurance transparency. The first updates a rule filing from last May, requiring annual attestation from health plans that identities their transparency tools provided to members. The second is a newly introduced rule...[ Read More ]

Rep. Hawker exclusive | Legal argument against expansion | Topical agenda

| Aug 18, 2015

There are only 16 days left for LB&A to review Gov. Bill Walker's decision to expand Medicaid in the state. Though its not clear what action, if any, the legislature will take, we've got an exclusive interview with Rep. Mike Hawker, Chair of the Legislative Budget & Audit Committee, with a key window into...[ Read More ]

OR: Updated Oregon hospital financials from 2007 - 2014

Jon Brumbach | Aug 18, 2015 | Oregon

Note: this report updates a previous analysis of Oregon hospital financials. It includes additional data from Q4 2014 and revised margins. This report provides an analysis of the financial health of Oregon Hospitals through the fourth quarter of 2014 and annually since 2007. Data is compiled from the databank provided...[ Read More ]

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