Health exchange bill heads to Kitzhaber

Portland Business Journal:

One of the business community’s top legislative priorities earned Oregon House approval on Tuesday. The House approved Senate Bill 99, which will create the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange, by a 48-12 vote. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said in a release that he’ll sign the measure. The Senate passed the measure in April. Business group leaders said late last week that approval of the insurance exchange — which would create a central marketplace that helps individuals and small businesses choose their plans — could, in tandem with two other bills, make 2011 a “landmark”...

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