Making Health Care Work for Oregon
LOWERING HEALTH CARE COSTS—A pro-consumer health insurance exchange would allow hundreds of thousands of families and businesses to join together and negotiate for cheaper health care plans.
Now the fight for lowering our health care costs is in Salem, and so are the health care industry’s lobbyists.
At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in Oregon — the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care. The new state insurance exchange will allow small businesses, those of us who buy health care on our own, and the uninsured to shop for cheaper health care plans and find some relief from increasingly brutal premiums.
Done right, the exchange will save billions and level the balance of power between consumers and the health care industry — driving the industry to cut waste and prioritize high-quality care.
The health care industry has spent more than $9 million since 2009 to influence policy in Oregon, so they know how high the stakes are.
In order to help us fight back against the kind of price jumps and trap-door coverage we’ve all been suffering, OSPIRG is pushing to see that the exchange:
- Negotiates for better plans. By demanding better care for less cost, the exchange can use the collective power of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians to finally demand that the industry do better.
- Has high standards, so that bad plans aren’t an option.
- Is open to as many Oregonians as possible. Limits that shut some individuals and businesses out of the exchange would reduce its ability to lower costs — and will be a key tactic that industry lobbyists use to weaken it.
- Is accountable to the public.
- Advancing Accountability, Cutting Health Care Waste
- Comments on PacificSource Health Plans Proposal to Increase Small Group Health Insurance Rates
- Comments on Providence Health Plans Proposal to Increase Individual Health Insurance Rates
- Comments on Regence BlueCross BlueShield's Proposal to Increase Individual Health Insurance Rates
- Raising the Bar: Strategies to contain cost and improve quality in Oregon’s health insurance exchange
Tools & Resources
We’ve got a chance to clean up the health care industry in Oregon, but with lobbyists lining the halls of the state capitol, we need your support.
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