January 24, 2014


Yes, Cover Oregon has had some rough sailing, but insurers are in it for the long haul and nobody seems to be panicking.

That was the tenor of the comments during a Thursday CEO roundtable hosted by the Portland Association of Health Underwriters.

Health Republic Insurance Co. President and CEO...

December 20, 2013


"We are aware of the fact that we are going to have to struggle with folks who went through the Cover Oregon process but somehow did not get to us in a timely manner," said Dawn Bonder, CEO of Health Republic Insurance of Oregon, based in Lake Oswego. "What we've been encouraging folks to do is, you can buy our plan directly through our website, and...

December 12, 2013


The state's two new health insurance cooperatives have agreed to postpone key enrollment deadlines to ensure more Oregonians have coverage Jan. 1 through the state's troubled insurance exchange, their executives said…Health Republic Insurance CEO Dawn Bonder said Wednesday it had agreed to the same extended deadlines. Other, much larger insurance companies...

December 11, 2013


Health Republic's Bonder and several insurance agents have said they will work with customers to move their policies back onto the exchange by Feb. 1 so they can retain eligibility for credits. “In addition… Health Republic – will now allow individuals to enroll in plans outside the exchange as late Dec. 31” Martinis said.…Bonder said Health Republic's...

December 09, 2013


In a State of Reform interview with the CEO of Oregon’s Health CO-OP, Ralph Prows expressed frustration about Cover Oregon’s dysfunction, saying the exchange not only has a lot of damage control, but a lot of work will have to be done to recapture excitement among the young and healthy, a demographic considered crucial to the success of state exchanges...

December 06, 2013


Out of 102 individual health plans on the Cover Oregon exchange, the number of top-tier “platinum” plans can be counted on one hand, and they’re mostly offered by the same carrier. There are all of four platinum plans, 4 percent of the total. Three of the four plans are offered by one carrier, Health Republic Insurance Co., which is a CO-OP, or...

November 20, 2013


Dawn Bonder, CEO of Health Republic Insurance,  joined us today to tell viewers about Health Republic and how Co-Ops differ from traditional health insurance companies and also how Health Republic fits into the new health care reform law. For more information visit or call 888-990-6635. 


November 11, 2013


The health care exchanges may be open, but there's no question they're still kind of a mess. "The rollout has been excruciatingly awful for way too many people," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded to the Senate Finance Committee. But mess or not, the law is going forward, people are trying to use it, and they have questions. Here are some...

October 07, 2013


States with new member-owned CO-OP health plans as part of Obamacare have premiums that are more than 8 percent lower than states that don’t, a new study shows.

The Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans, with startup money loaned by the health care law, have zero or very few customers yet, given all the problems with the sign-up system. But they are going...

October 06, 2013

Consumers shopping for health insurance in the Obamacare online marketplaces, or exchanges, are likely to spot insurance companies they've never heard of before, including some startups known as "co-ops." The exchanges will introduce at least two dozen or so Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans -- co-ops, for short -- which are new nonprofit, private...

September 27, 2013

The Hill

Next week, the heart of the Affordable Care Act—the health insurance marketplaces-- will open for business. Regardless of whether these exchanges are state run or federally facilitated, they will fundamentally transform the way in which many Americans obtain health insurance. For the first time, consumers will select their insurance from a menu that will allow...