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 proposals.

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.