Health Insurance

Jefferson Exchange | August 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Health Insurance Without The Profits

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One of the major gripes about the Affordable Care Act--Obamacare--is that it does not include a public option, a Medicare-style single-payer element. 

Many of the people who like the concept of single-payer health care do not like the concept of for-profit insurance companies. 

There are non-profit insurance co-ops out there, including Health Republic Insurance. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 31, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Questioning Health Insurance Rate Hikes

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As we move further into the age of health insurance reform, the arguments just keep coming. 

One concerns individual health insurance rates: will they go up? Down? Stay the same? 

Excellent question. 

Oregon insurers propose a variety of new rates for 2015, and they're all over the map. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Celebrating A Birth Control Milestone (Cautiously)

Birth control pills.
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Birth control is a fact of life in our society, but it was not always easy to obtain. 

It took a Supreme Court ruling in the mid 1960s to legalize contraception for married couples. 

The availability has only expanded from there, but not without challenges. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is taking note of the anniversary of that earlier court decision.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Closing Ranks On Colonoscopies

A colonoscopy in progress.
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The Oregon Legislature recently took a stand on colonoscopies. 

Not pro or con, mind you--medicine is quite convinced of the value of a picture of the large intestine.  What the legislature did is make sure that insurance companies will cover the cost of removing polyps discovered during the procedure. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:27 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R.

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The name of a recent study make its point clear in its title: "Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use."

The study is the latest in a series that tracks the effects of bringing previously uninsured people into Oregon's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan. 

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The Shifting Landscape of Health Care
5:59 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Insurers Restrict Choice Of Doctors To Save Costs

San Francisco-based insurance broker Susan Shargel says insurers should make it more clear that changing plans may mean your doctor is no longer in your network.
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As people shop for new insurance under the federal health law, they’re faced with many choices for health plans at different prices. But the plans they choose also come with different combinations of doctors and hospitals. And some people are confused and frustrated by the new conditions.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:56 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Children And Health Insurance: CA/OR Look Good

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Even before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, children in both of our states are getting more health insurance coverage. 

A study from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University shows growth in health insurance coverage for children in both Oregon and California. 

We'll hear the reasons for the improvement... and what likely happens next. 

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Affordable Care Act
6:28 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

States Respond To Obamacare Fix

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President Obama has tried to fix a problem with the Affordable Care Act that’s become a growing political headache for his administration.  In the process, he threw a new variable into the already-confused health insurance marketplace. JPR’s Liam Moriarty takes a look at how the dust is settling in Oregon and California. 

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