Insurance http://kplu.org en Oregon eyes insurance rate increase http://kplu.org/post/oregon-eyes-insurance-rate-increase <p>SALEM, Ore. - Customers of one of Oregon&#39;s largest health insurance companies may see a large rate increase soon. State insurance regulators held a rare public hearing Wednesday on the request by ODS Health Plan to hike its rates an average of 10 percent. A decision on the requested rate hike could come next month.</p> Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:26:59 +0000 Chris Lehman 2650 at http://kplu.org Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan http://kplu.org/post/proposal-would-cut-illegal-immigrants-basic-health-plan <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-950132.mp3</p><p>Undocumented immigrants would lose state medical coverage under a proposal to save the popular Basic Health insurance program. The get-tough measure is part of a budget-cutting plan unveiled by the State Senate. But it's at odds with a competing approach in the House.</p><p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 22:23:30 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 703 at http://kplu.org Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan Did the 'triple damages' law result in higher premiums? http://kplu.org/post/did-triple-damages-law-result-higher-premiums <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">Three years ago Washington voters upheld the Insurance Fair Conduct Act. It allows triple damages when insurance companies are found to have unfairly denied a claim. At the time, the insurance industry warned premiums would skyrocket and lawyers would get rich. Has that happened?&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:10:24 +0000 Austin Jenkins 225 at http://kplu.org