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  • New health plans cheap in Portland compared to U.S.

  • Portland will have some of the lowest-cost health plans in the nation on the new health insurance exchanges, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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  • Portland will have some of the lowest-cost health plans in the nation on the new health insurance exchanges, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
    Kaiser looked at insurance premiums in 17 states and Washington, DC — the jurisdictions that have released comprehensive data about the rates on their new exchanges.
    The best prices for silver plans for a 40-year-old earning $29,000 a year range from about $200-a-month in Portland, to more than $400 in Burlington, Vt.
    Many of the people who buy those plans, will then be able to get federal tax credits to help pay, depending on their incomes.
    Portland also does well in the lower-cost bronze plans. Costs for a 40-year-old range from a low of $146-a-month in Baltimore to $165 in Portland. Burlington, Vermont is at the top of that range again at $336-a-month.
    SALEM — The top Republican in the Oregon state House said Friday he was "encouraged" by a meeting with Gov. John Kitzhaber over the governor's push to round up support for a combination of pension cuts and tax increases.
    The governor this week stepped up his push to secure support for a deal that he says would increase funding for schools by lowering costs in the Public Employees Retirement System and raising new revenue through higher cigarette taxes and limits on income-tax deductions. He's also said he's open to a Republican demand for a small-business tax cut that has rankled some on the left.
    Kitzhaber told lawmakers that he'll call a special session beginning Sept. 30 if he can get enough support.
    PORTLAND — The leader of Multnomah County government is resigning after weeks of turbulence over his affair with an employee.
    Jeff Cogen released a statement Friday saying he would step down as chairman of the county board of commissioners.
    In July, he acknowledged he'd had a long affair with Sonia Manhas, county health department director of policy and planning.
    The four other commissioners called on him to quit, but he initially refused. He said he wanted to wait until the state attorney general's office finished investigating whether he'd broken any laws.
    On Friday, he said that, after reflection, he concluded that remaining in the job was counter to the standards he'd espoused as an elected official.
    Compiled from wire reports
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