Exchange bill causes disagreements


Legislation to create a health insurance exchange bill in Oregon by 2014 is pitting business groups against consumer advocates.

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Legislation to create a health insurance exchange bill in Oregon by 2014 is pitting business groups against consumer advocates.

The state wants to create its own health insurance exchange – primarily a web site where individuals and small businesses can buy coverage – using $48 million from a federal grant for information technology. The alternative is to let the federal government impose a national exchange, based on provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

State-based exchanges throughout the country are supposed to pool risk, increase competition and eventually lower costs. But there’s disagreement at the legislature over how much power the public corporation created to run the exchange should wield.

Read more at the Lund Report.

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