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Hearings Begin On Health Plans In Oregon Exchange

Hearings start Tuesday on the health plans that’ll be included in Oregon’s new health insurance exchange. The hearings will examine proposed health insurance rates.  

The exchange opens in January. It will allow individuals and small businesses to buy insurance in a more transparent way. The hope is that consumers will be able to compare plans on price; on the benefits offered; and which doctors the insurers cover. The exchange will also allow consumers to  learn what kind of tax credits they may be eligible for. 

Cheryl Martinis of the Oregon Insurance Division says 16 companies and two co-ops will appear at the hearings between now and June 7. 

Martinis said, “This is a chance for the insurance companies to come in and explain the justification behind the rates they have requested.” 

The public hearings will continue for about two weeks. People can submit comments by phone and e-mail, and can watch the proceedings online.


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