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Keeping abreast of cancer prevention

BREAST HEALTH EDUCATION AND EARLY DETECTION/CANCER PREVENTION PRESENTATION

Did you know that one in eight women will get breast cancer in their lifetime? On Thursday, July 18th, beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Samaritan Cancer Center’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Erin Dunn, will be giving a 45-minute educational presentation on breast health. The goal of this education is to bring attention to how breast cancer screening helps find breast cancer early because finding breast cancer early can save lives!

Samaritan Cancer Centers partner with anyone touched by cancer to provide the support they need to live with strength, determination and hope into the future. The centers offers medical oncology, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, onsite laboratory, lymphedema services, clinical trials, a cancer resource center and more.

If you are interested in attending this special presentation, please register online at https://newportoregon.gov/dept/par/sc/. If you need assistance, please stop by the office at 20 SE 2nd Street, Newport, or give us a call at 541-265-9617. For a complete list of trips, classes or events, please visit our website at www.newportoregon.gov/sc.

For those small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance…

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation issued final rate decisions for small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance.

Final health insurance rates for the 2020 individual market have been lowered 1 percent on average from the division’s preliminary rate decisions, and 2 percent from the original requests filed by insurance companies in May. The final rates lower 2020 premiums by approximately $44 million from the original requests submitted by health insurance companies.

“Our collaborative rate review process has been key to building a stable health insurance market that enabled us to limit the individual market rate increase to an average of 1.5 percent,” said Insurance Commissioner Andrew Stolfi. “The Oregon Reinsurance Program has also continued to show its value, keeping individual rates 6 percent lower than they would be without the program. We are grateful to the legislature for passing and our stakeholders for supporting the six year extension of this important program.”

The division’s transparent rate review process brings insurance companies, the division, and the public together to review health insurance rates. The collaborative process ensures all data are thoroughly reviewed and considered before rates are charged to consumers.

Several factors, such as medical costs, federal policy changes, the Oregon Reinsurance Program, and federal risk adjustment payments are considered to make sure rates will adequately cover health care costs.

Individual market 
The division issued final decisions for seven companies in the individual market with average rate changes ranging from a 3.2 percent decrease to an 8.9 percent increase, for an average increase of 1.5 percent. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $436 to $530 a month.

The preliminary rates included reductions for HeathNet and Kaiser. The final decisions include reductions for Bridgespan (2.8 percent increase lowered to 1.4 percent) and Providence (2.1 percent increase down to 0.0 percent rate hold). Regence was the only company to see a rate increase moving from 3.9 percent to 5.5 percent.

The rate changes are company-wide averages based on premiums for plans before financial assistance through Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace is taken into account.

All Oregonians who purchase their own insurance are encouraged to apply for assistance through the Marketplace for 2020, even if they did not qualify last year. In 2019, Oregonians who received help with the costs of their health insurance paid on average $140 a month.

Open enrollment for 2020 plans is from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

Small group market 
In the small group market, the division issued final decisions for nine companies with average rates ranging from a 2.3 percent decrease to an 11.7 percent increase. Under the decisions, Silver Standard Plan premiums for a 40-year-old in Portland would range from $321 to $394 a month.

Final rates include reductions from the preliminary decisions for five of the nine small group insurance companies.

See the chart for the full list of final decisions.

Insurance companies have 21 days to request a hearing before the final rates are set for 2020.

More information for each insurance company can be found at oregonhealthrates.org. A complete premium comparison table for each county based on ages 21, 40, and 60 will be posted online in August.

It’s that time of year again….

Community Invited to Peace Village Closing Circle

Peace Village Newport, a summer day camp for students entering grades 1-6 is finishing its annual program on Friday, July 19 at 2:30 pm. in the Atrium at OCCC. Parents, family and friends are invited to share the Closing Circle where campers will share some of what they have learned, and sing some of the Peace Village songs, led by Rand Bishop, music leader.

The Peace Village curriculum offers students practical skills of conflict resolution, media literacy, and ecology, as well as music, art, and craft activities. A total of 45 students were accepted for the week’s 9 AM to 3:30 PM program and they were divided into three age groups, each with adult and teen leaders.

This five-day Summer Camp for Peacemakers began in Lincoln City in 1996 and now operates programs in many states. The Peace Village program involves teachers and students of many backgrounds and offers students a comprehensive view of the messages and practices of peace from a variety of world traditions and teachers.

For more information, email peacevillagenewport@gmail.com

Tragic news from Otis…

Otis pick-up driver accidentally rolls over his toddler son, killing him.

Sunday night at about 9:46 PM emergency personnel from North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Pacific West Ambulance, and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in Otis regarding a 15-month old toddler struck by a vehicle at the residence. The preliminary investigation has revealed Thomas Bartlett, 51, of Otis, Oregon was backing his 2000 Ford pick-up in the driveway of the residence to park when his 15-month old toddler was stuck by the pick-up.

Lifesaving measures immediately began, and the toddler was transported to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital. At approximately 11:50 PM the toddler was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The family is cooperating with the investigation and there does not appear to be any criminal charges pending as a result of this tragic incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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