Unity Center for Behavioral Health was supposed to answer Portland’s mental health crisis when it opened in 2017, relieving emergency rooms of patients in crisis. Instead, the center is grappling with what its medical director called a “real state of crisis.”
Jan 17 2020

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Oregon’s legislative leaders aren’t expecting health care to be the wedge issue that divides lawmakers this session.
Jan 17 2020

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Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, an advocate for human services and health care in the Legislature, has announced she is not running for re-election in November.
Jan 17 2020
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When a generic multiple sclerosis drug hit the U.S. market in 2015, observers expected it could push down prices in a class of drugs that has skyrocketed in recent years.  That did not happen. 
Jan 15 2020
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All flavored vaping products may become banned in Oregon, as state lawmakers look for answers to curb nicotine addiction among Oregon’s youth.
Jan 15 2020
At the January Democratic debate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders zeroed in on the question of profits in the health care industry. Under “Medicare for All,” he said, “we end the $100 billion a year that the health care industry makes.”
Jan 15 2020

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Hikikomori, or extreme social isolation, was first identified in Japan in the 1990s. Doctors noticed they were seeing a lot of young men who would lock themselves away in their bedrooms and not talk to anyone.
Jan 15 2020

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Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Varney.
Jan 16 2020

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Within 10 years, all of the nation’s 74 million baby boomers will be 65 or older. The most senior among them will be on the cusp of 85.
Jan 16 2020

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Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another legislative session starting early next month, hoping to pass bills that would tackle soaring prescription drug prices, staffing shortages and a host of other issues.
Jan 13 2020

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Oregon State Hospital is seeking another $81.6 million in state taxpayer dollars, much of it to deal with the state-run mental health facility’s struggle to admit patients in a timely manner.
Jan 14 2020
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The Oregon State Hospital continues to grapple with delays in admitting patients, even as the state-run mental health hospital stays compliant with a court order requiring timely admission of defendants who need treatment before they can stand trial in criminal cases.
Jan 13 2020

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The sound system crackled to life in the busiest emergency room in the Northwest. “Code blue, three minutes, room seven,” came the announcement. An ambulance was about to arrive at Salem Hospital just after 8 a.m. in late December.
Jan 13 2020
Health insurance enrollment through the national marketplace dipped slightly this year.
Jan 11 2020
A student at the University of Oregon has filed a class-action lawsuit against two vaping companies, stating they failed to disclose the risks associated with nicotine in their products.
Jan 14 2020
With the 2020 election months away, President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is touting his health care record as a key reason voters should grant him another term.
Jan 14 2020
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The state committee charged with setting the target for how much Oregon’s health care costs should grow took some early steps on Wednesday toward reaching that goal.
Jan 8 2020
Supporters of a proposed $2-a-pack increase in Oregon tobacco taxes are continuing to stockpile money as they face the prospect of one of the most expensive political campaigns in state history.
Jan 8 2020

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The Oregon Health Authority said the federal government’s planned ban on flavored vaping products falls short in protecting the public.
Jan 8 2020
Briefly: Salem Hospital At Near Capacity
Mar 28 2019
Read the latest press releases from organizations around the state.
Press Release: Oregon Health Authority Awarded Up To $16 Million To Improve Child Health
Jan 16 2020