First Peak – Oregon posts 2014 rate requests

The Oregon Insurance Division has posted individual and small-group rate proposals for 2014.

The division has posted rate proposals from a total of 16
conventional carriers and two new CO-OP plans for the exchange and
non-exchange markets. The division marked proposals from carriers that
plan to participate in the state’s Cover Oregon health insurance exchange program with asterisks.

Officials expect 12 of the 15 carriers in the individual market and
eight of the 14 carriers in the small-group market to sell coverage
through Cover Oregon.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and state agencies to
set up exchanges, or health insurance supermarkets, for individuals and
small groups in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by Oct. 1.

Oregon is setting up its own exchange.

A look at individual exchange plan rates for the Eugene, Ore., area,
for example, shows that proposed rates for a mid-tier silver plan for a
21-year-old single non-tobacco user could range from $176 at Moda to
$394 at Trillium.

For a single 60-year-old non-tobacco user, silver plan rates could
range from $519 per month at PacificSource to $1,070 at Trillium.