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The Affordable Healthcare Act goes into effect in 20-14 and experts say you need to plan now for how that cost will affect your budget.  Patrick O'Keefe with the Cascade Insurance Center says premiums may go up an average of 38 percent - but there could be some help. 

 

"All in all, we are looking at some pretty hefty increases in premiums next year. a little caveat with that, is that those increased premiums, in a lot of cases,  there are richer benefits. So while we are, I hate to say the word forced, but we're going to have to pay more for insurance beginning next year, at least there is some additional value that we're going be getting out of that additional premium.  And a large percentage of the population will have access to federal subsidies to help them offset the increase, help them pay for their health insurance."

 

O’Keefe says there will be a lot of new rules and regulations that will impact what you will be able to claim on your taxes as well.

 

He advises everyone to educate yourself on how these costs will affect your budget by attending workshops when they are offered - and reading up all the information that is available. 

 

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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