Health Insurance

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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Jason Parks talks about getting the Oregon legislature to pass a law on colonoscopy coverage.

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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Sarah Taubman takes us through the numbers showing people getting Medicaid use the E.R. more.

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.
Credit Pauline Bartolone/CPR

Keeping your doctor is getting harder

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

Credit National Cancer Institute

How Oregon and California are dealing with President Obama's healthcare fix

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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