Health exchanges okayed in OR, WA

It doesn’t seem so awfully difficult west of the Cascades.

Federal conditional approval came in today for the Oregon and Washington health insurance exchange proposals. That means some details remain, but the outlines have been approved. Washington and Oregon were two of the first six states to get approval.

From a release description of the Oregon proposal:

Cover Oregon is a central online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for and compare health coverage options and access financial assistance, starting in October 2013. Coverage for plans purchased through Cover Oregon will be effective January 1, 2014.

Through Cover Oregon, individuals and families will be able to easily compare plans, see quality grades for carriers and plans, and access financial assistance to help pay for premiums. Oregonians can find out if they may qualify for financial help by visiting the calculator on the Cover Oregon website, at http://www.coveroregon.com/calculator.php.

Small businesses will be able to offer more options to their employees through Cover Oregon, and some will qualify for tax credits to help pay to cover their employees.

From here, it really doesn’t sound a lot like tyranny. – Randy Stapilus

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