Regional News

Health Care Costs Rise

(Portland, OR) -- A new report from the Oregon Health Authority finds health care costs declined during the pandemic. Between 2018 and 2019, health care costs increased three-and-a-half percent, but between 2019 and 2020 costs declined one-percent, because fewer people were getting health care during the pandemic. The commercial market saw the greatest increase with Medicaid showing the lowest cost growth. The cost of prescription drugs increased three-percent, even after pharmacy rebates. The report finds high cost is a barrier to health care for Oregonians.

On Air Now

First Light
2:00am - 3:00am
First Light



News Disclaimers