SALEM (June 28, 2013) -- The Oregon House has approved and sent Gov. John Kitzhaber a bill which would empower the state Insurance Division to order health plans to pay restitution to consumers if they violate the law or their contracts. Sponsored by Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland), the bill (SB.414) was approved 47-13.
Oregon state regulators currently have very limited enforcement powers over the insurance industry which has an exemption from Oregon's anti-fraud laws.
Final legislative action on Oregon's autism insurance reform bill, SB.365B, is expected shortly strating with a Senate vote Saturday. If signed by Kitzhaber, the bill would make Oregon the 34th state to enact autism insurance reform.