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Media Hit | Health Care

Public comment sought on rules for Oregon health insurance exchange

State officials are holding a hearing Wednesday to receive public comment on rules for the state's health insurance exchange -- essentially an online marketplace for consumers called for by federal health reforms.

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Media Hit | Health Care

Malpractice Legislation Nearly Ready to See Daylight

After months of negotiations between trial lawyers and physicians, legislators are optimistic about reaching a consensus on medical malpractice reform when they gather in Salem next month. All along the goal has been to find a way of reducing lawsuits while creating a safer patient environment.

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News Release | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers

A survey of hundreds of banks and credit unions in 24 states and the District of Columbia found that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers on the first request, while 12% provided no fee information at all. The surveys conducted in Oregon show that just over half of branches complied, while 15% did not provide any fee information at all.

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Report | OSPIRG | Consumer Protection

Big Banks, Bigger Fees 2012

Over the last six months, state PIRG staff conducted inquiries at 250 bank and 116 credit union branches in 17 states and the District of Columbia and reviewed bank fees online in these and 7 other states. This report also includes consumer tips and a comparison shopping guide for Oregon consumers.

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News Release | OSPIRG | Democracy

Post Election Update---Distorted Democracy: Big Money and Dark Money in the 2012 Elections

A new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and other sources by OSPIRG and Demos shows how big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in 2012: just 61 large donors to Super PACs giving on average $4.7 million each matched the $285.1 million in grassroots contributions from more than 1,425,500 small donors to presidential candidates.

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News Release | OSPIRG Foundation | Health Care

Effective Health Exchange Key to Lower Costs

Oregon policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing an effective health insurance exchange, according to a new policy brief released today by consumer advocacy group OSPIRG.

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News Release | OSPIRG

Testimony for the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Listening Session: Vancouver, WA

There are many ways to meet our diverse transportation challenges here in Oregon. We encourage Chairman Mica and the members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to prioritize both investing in Oregon's inter-city rail and freight system and to take a "fix-it-first" approach, and prioritize fixing our crumbling infrastructure before building new highways.

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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

Transparency needed on those who received tax credits

Anyone who was paying attention to the news about a Texas trucking company that reaped millions of dollars in Oregon’s green energy tax credits — but actually produced little (if any) environmental benefit — has got to love the “transparency in government act” in the Oregon House.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Oregon must relax limits on use of money for road work

This opinion piece by former ODOT Rail Director Claudia Howells examines our broken transportation funding system.

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Media Hit | Budget

John Kroger says agencies must act faster, charge less for public record requests

The most extensive rewrite of Oregon's public records law in decades is in the works, instigated by Attorney General John Kroger. 

 

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