Health Insurance Rate Watch Project Updates

News Release | OSPIRG | Health Care

OSPIRG's Jesse O'Brien Awarded "Health Care Value Advocate of the Year"

Today, OSPIRG Policy Director Jesse O’Brien was awarded “Health Care Value Advocate of the Year,” in recognition of his years of leadership advocating for policies and strategies to improve the value proposition of health care for consumers.

MEASURE 101 PROTECTS CONSUMERS AND STABILIZES INSURANCE PREMIUMS

By | Jesse O'Brien
Director, Campaign for Price Transparency

OSPIRG urges a YES vote on this important initiative, which will help contain health insurance rate hikes for Oregon families and individuals buying coverage on their own and fund critical programs that keep Oregonians healthy and out of the emergency room.

OPEN ENROLLMENT FOR 2018: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

By | Jesse O'Brien
Director, Campaign for Price Transparency

It’s that time again: Time to enroll in health insurance for next year. Health care has been a political football in Washington throughout the year, and there has been a lot of confusion and uncertainty about the future. With all of this background noise, it’s more important than ever to get the facts about how you and your family can get coverage that works for you. 

Politicians in Salem are debating whether to refer to the ballot a new program that would contain health insurance premiums for Oregon consumers. OSPIRG runs the numbers to clarify what's at stake in this debate.

The American Health Care Act is a bad deal for Oregon

By | Jesse O'Brien
Director, Campaign for Price Transparency

Congress may be about to make a historic mistake that could raise costs and degrade the quality of health care for countless Oregonians—all without seriously taking on any of the myriad problems in our health care system.

News Release | OSPIRG | Health Care

Kitzhaber Administration takes action on health care costs

At the direction of Gov. Kitzhaber, the Oregon Health Policy Board has adopted an OSPIRG-backed proposal to take steps toward cutting the waste out of our health care system, estimated to make up as much as 1/3 of every dollar we spend on care.

Media Hit | Health Care

Oregon Adopts New Rules To Slow Rise Of Health Care Costs

New Oregon Health Policy Board rules require that insurance companies better justify increases in their premiums.

Media Hit | Health Care

OSPIRG: 16 Health Insurance Companies Need To Justify Rates

An Oregon consumer group says the 16 companies that have proposed insurance rates for the state's new health exchange, haven't offered adequate justification for prices. 

Competition and Transparency Bring Down Health Insurance Costs—Here’s the Proof

By | Jesse O'Brien
Director, Campaign for Price Transparency

Something remarkable just happened to health insurance costs here in Oregon. Last week, after the state’s health insurers posted their proposed premium rates for next year, two insurers publicly reversed course and moved to cut their prices.

Media Hit | Health Care

State of the rates

As any small business or individual who pays for health insurance can tell you, it hasn't been easy. Far from it, what with 20 percent rate hikes and a terrible economy.

But thanks to new rules to crack down on excessive health insurance rate hikes – and the greater scrutiny that has followed – consumers have reason for cautious optimism.

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