Hearings on Oregon Health Insurance Premiums Begun

Two weeks of hearings starting this week will likely affect Oregonians’ health insurance premiums for years to come.

The Oregon Insurance Division will hold public hearings to review more than a dozen carriers’ individual and small business plans that take into account federal changes under the Affordable Care Act. The hearings, held in Room 260, 350 Winter St. NE, in Salem, can be watched online, and public testimony will be accepted by telephone or e-mail.

Next year is widely considered a reset for the health insurance market, a new baseline that will have lingering effects. Under the federal changes, which include beefed-up benefits and coverage despite pre-existing conditions, premiums are expected to change the most for people who buy their own insurance but are not on Medicare. Many people will also qualify for tax credits to offset costs.

Oregon has drawn national attention after some insurers sought to scale back their rate hikes to compete with unexpectedly low proposed rates.

The hearings schedule follows. You can access carriers’ proposed rates through links on the division’s public hearings website, as well as tune in hearings and get information on how to comment:

Tuesday, May 28

9 a.m to noon Moda Health Plan, formerly known as ODS

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Atrio Health Plans

Wednesday, May 29

9 a.m to noon BridgeSpan Health

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.FamilyCare Health Plans

Thursday, May 30

9 a.m to noon Health Republic, formerly known as Freelancers CO-OP of Oregon

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan

Friday, May 31

9 a.m to noon John Alden Life Insurance/Time Insurance

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.Health Net Health Plan

Monday, June 3

9a.m to noon LifeWise Health Plan

Tuesday, June 4

9 a.m to noon Oregon’s Health CO-OP

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.PacificSource Health Plans

Wednesday, June 5

9 a.m to noon Providence Health Plan

1 p.m. to 4p.m. Regence BlueCross BlueShield

Thursday, June 6

9 a.m to noon Samaritan Health Plans

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Trillium Community Health Plan

Friday, June 7

9 a.m to noon United Healthcare

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