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California could soon require health plans to cover enrollees' dependent parents

| Sep 14, 2021 | California

Pending final approval from Gov. Gavin Newsom, California is positioned to require private, state-regulated health plans to offer health insurance coverage to eligible dependent adults. AB 570, or the “Parent Healthcare Act,” authored by Asm. Miguel Santiago and sponsored by the California Department of Insurance (CDI), will require health plans...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Jeremy Vandehey discusses hospital payment report and increasing statewide coverage

| Jul 30, 2021 | Oregon

Jeremy Vandehey is the Health Policy and Analytics Division director at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). His focus is on working with lawmakers to improve health access, coverage, and equity.  Vandehey spoke with State of Reform on the Oregon Hospital Payment Report, lowering overall costs in the state, and achieving...[ Read More ]

Inslee, Kreidler, and MacEwan write letter warning of “widespread and devastating” impacts if ACA is overturned

Emily Boerger | Oct 15, 2020 | Washington

In the wake of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing, Governor Jay Inslee sent a letter to US Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell on Thursday highlighting the potential “widespread and devastating” impacts on Washington if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Insurance Commissioner...[ Read More ]

Kreidler approves average rate decrease of 3.2% for Washington’s 2021 Exchange health insurers

| Sep 24, 2020 | Washington

Thirteen health insurers have been approved to sell health plans in Washington state’s 2021 Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder. This is the second consecutive year the average rate decreased by over 3%.     The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board is scheduled to certify the approved plans at a meeting later today. Washington state’s...[ Read More ]

5 Things Washington: Uninsured rate, John Wiesman, Undocumented workers

| Aug 27, 2020 | Washington

Before COVID, our Inland NW event was always a bit more focused on Eastern Washington, while our Seattle event tried to explore issues facing the whole state. However, now that we're in COVID, that's changed. Next month's event has 24 breakout sessions over two days and is already on pace...[ Read More ]

New study: Oregon could see up to 320,000 new Medicaid enrollees due to COVID-19

Emily Boerger | Apr 7, 2020 | Oregon

A new report estimates Oregon could see up to 320,000 new Medicaid enrollees due to the economic downturn stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Under that same scenario, the report estimates up to 430,000 individuals could lose their employer-sponsored health insurance. The report comes from Health Management Associates (HMA), a national...[ Read More ]