2009 legislative summary
Health care reform dominated the agenda of the 2009 Legislature. An assessment
on health insurance premiums and a hospital tax will provide health
care coverage for 80,000 children and 35,000 low-income adults.
Additionally, policymakers approved a blueprint to pursue future health
care reforms. The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS)
will consult with the new Oregon Health Authority to develop these
The Insurance Division, which protects the insurance-buying public
through its regulation of the insurance industry, gained new protections
for consumers whose cars are totaled and improvements to its health
insurance rate review process.
This pision summary covers key insurance-related bills with links to
the bills. These bills passed the Legislature although not all have been
signed by the governor. Unless a bill says otherwise, it is effective
Jan. 1, 2010.