Kitzhaber Tops Health Care List & Rate Hike For Insurance Members

, Posted: Wed, August 29 2012 at 8:12 AM, Updated: Wed, August 29 2012 at 8:55 AM

It should be no surprise that Chief Justice John Roberts and President Obama rank high on new list of the 100 most influential people in healthcare for 2012.

But there was one surprise. Modernhealthcare.com ranked Oregon State Governor John Kitzhaber higher than President Obama, coming in third place.

Analysts say it's likely Kitzhaber ranked so high because he convinced the federal government to approve Oregon's latest Medicaid Reform plans.

And Regence Bluecross Blueshield members who buy their own insurance will soon see an average 8.9 % rate hike.

The hike will start in December and was decided by the Oregon Insurance Division.

Regence had originally requested a rate increase of 9.6 %.

The changes will affect about 52,000 members.

However some members could see rates decrease because Regence is shifting them to higher-deductible plans.

If you have questions about your plan you can call Regence at 1-888-675-6570.

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