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You can pick your friends, and even your bank, but you're stuck with the reckless credit bureaus | Ed Mierzwinski

You can pick your friends and even your bank but you are stuck with the credit bureaus.  Over the last twenty years the power of the big credit bureaus to act as gatekeepers to consumer success in life has grown immensely. Credit reports and credit scores generated from them are used to decide whether consumers can get a job, get car insurance, qualify to open a bank account, rent an apartment, use a debit card and, of course, whether they can obtain and how much they will pay for credit. The Columbus (OH) Dispatch has an excellent four-part series explaining that the credit bureaus make mistakes, lots of them, and ruin peoples' lives. There is hope, however, since the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has new tools to rein in the bureaus.

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Blog Post | Health Care

Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Debates Strategies to Control Costs, Improve Quality | Jesse Ellis O'Brien

The future of health insurance in Oregon is at stake this summer.  The state is in the middle of an ambitious effort to remake health care that holds the promise of creating a better deal for consumers—if it’s done right.

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Blog Post | Health Care

CO-OP Health Insurance Promises Greater Consumer Control | David Rosenfeld

What if your health insurance company answered to you?  What if it could be held accountable for its policies and fees through member elections? 

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News Release | OSPIRG Foundation | Health Care

Health Net Rate Hike Not Justified

If approved, the rate increase would impact 38,492 Oregonians with coverage through a small business employer. Of those enrollees, 14,298 would see rates rise between 11% and 30%.

 

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Media Hit | Health Care

Oregon pushes back on insurance rate increases

Oregonians with spendy individual and small-business health insurance plans are again facing double-digit increases.

It could be worse.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Northwest Rail Projects Receive Federal Money

Oregon receives almost $2 million in federal funding for our high-speed rail corridor.

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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

Report Slams Oregon For Failure to Disclose Subsidies

The state of Oregon is a failure when it comes to the transparency of economic subsidies it provides, according to areport released today by Good Jobs First, a Washington, D.C. non-profit.

 

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Media Hit | Budget, Tax

Ore. gets 'F' in tax break transparency

Oregon received an "F" in a national report that graded states on the transparency of their economic subsidy efforts.

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