Health insurance coverage in Oregon is expensive, but the Oregon Health Authority says it is not as bad as it seems.
The health authority announced Tuesday that it will start collecting data on its members, who make up about 10% of the state’s population.
The agency will collect information about health insurance benefits and expenses for individuals, families, and small businesses, as well as individuals and small business owners who receive federal financial assistance.
The data will help the health authority make better decisions about providing health care to Oregonians.
The Oregon Health Alliance, the state health plan’s parent organization, announced in August that it would collect the data, but its decision was delayed for six months.
In an op-ed for the Oregonian, Oregon Health Commissioner Doug Henson wrote that the agency’s decision to collect the health information was made to “help Oregonians make informed decisions about their health care plans.”
The OHP said in a statement that it is committed to providing accurate information to its members and the public.
“We hope this decision is a wake-up call to the OHP, and not an admission that we were not making the right decisions, but rather an acknowledgement that we have made mistakes and will make improvements,” OHP President Robert Siegel said in the statement.
The OHWA was founded in 1996, and the agency has been operating for more than 50 years.
The nonprofit’s mission is to “make the health care system work better for Oregonians, reduce health care costs, and improve quality of care.”
The agency said it is working with the Oregon Insurance Division and the Oregon Public Health Association to make the data available to Oregon consumers.
“Our mission is one of health care access, affordability, and quality,” Henson said in an interview with NPR.
“And if you look at the data we have collected, there are no surprises.
We have a lot of people who are covered by health plans that are not covered by the health plans we collect data on.”
The Oregon Public Service Commission has said it would not comment on any specific data collection.
But the OHSA has said that the data will be used to better inform decisions on how health care is provided and reimbursed.