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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 policy brief released today by consumer advocacy group OSPIRG.

“Oregon leaders have the flexibility to craft an exchange that enhances choice and competition,” said Laura Etherton, OSPIRG health care advocate, “We hope to inform that process and ensure that the public interest is protected.”

The Oregon legislature is currently considering a proposal to establish an exchange, with a key senate subcommittee expected to hold its third public hearing on the issue next week.

Today’s brief, the first in a series, details steps policy-makers can take to ensure that the exchange is accountable to the public and operates in the best interests of consumers and businesses.

“To succeed, this new health insurance marketplace must be run by and for Oregon businesses and consumers, not by and for the insurance lobby,” said Etherton.

The remainder of the series will focus on creating an optimal state health insurance exchange, where consumers and small businesses can pool their buying power to leverage greater efficiency and lower health costs from insurers.

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