Companies say the adminstration's decision to suspend the $10 billion risk-adjustment program could lead to higher premiums and upheaval in the country's insurance markets.
Health insurers in Oregon and nationally are pushing back against a Trump administration decision affecting a key piece of the Affordable Care Act.
Jul 11 2018

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Residents of nine states, all Republican-led, that have joined a lawsuit against the health care law have high rates of preexisting conditions. Under the law, insurers cannot discriminate against them but if the shield were removed, they could have trouble getting health insurance or could pay higher rates than others.
If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.
Jul 17 2018
For the second year in a row, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid cut grants to groups that help consumers find insurance through the federal marketplace.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid has taken another swipe at the Affordable Care Act, which expanded health care coverage in the U.S.
Jul 11 2018

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They've been working without a contract since the end of June. They want the hospital, one of two in The Dalles-Hood River area, to hire more staff.
Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles are pushing for a new contract.  
Jul 17 2018

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An Oregon senator and ranking Democrat on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee called on the administration to release public comments on the plan.
Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden again blasted the Trump administration on Monday over its proposed drug pricing plan.
Jul 13 2018
Officials worry that a glut of marijuana will feed the black market.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will soon announce new cannabis harvest regulations.
Jul 13 2018

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Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon joined a chorus of critics who worry about the impact that U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh could have.
Abortion rights advocates were quick to rally against President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  
Jul 10 2018
A small study shows the drug could turn out to be a simpler, low-cost treatment for one of the most common, serious chronic diseases.
For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin.
Jul 13 2018

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Though divided on abortion, Senate Democrats are banding together against District Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh over fears his confirmation could threaten protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Senate Democrats, who are divided on abortion policy, are instead turning to health care as a rallying cry for opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Jul 11 2018

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Many at risk for the virus cannot afford a drug that's costly but is highly effective at preventing treatment.
Public health officials are expanding efforts to get the HIV prevention pill into the hands of those at risk, in a nationwide effort to curb infections.
Jul 9 2018

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The plans, promoted by the Trump administration, could negatively affect women and older employees, while benefiting younger men.
 The Trump administration is pushing a set of health plans that could weaken existing markets and lead to more expensive care for some Oregonians, particularly women and adults nearing retirement age. 
Jul 2 2018

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Health officials are warning people who were at three stores on June 27 and 28 that they might have been exposed to the virus.
Updated: Friday, July 13, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.   A third person has come down with the measles in the Portland area.  
Jul 9 2018
In the latest look at drug prices, a study released Tuesday shows that higher prices benefit key players involved in the distribution -- not the development -- of drugs. Consumers and Medicare foot the bill.
Insurance companies, investors and middlemen are making billions of dollars off prescription drugs – even when they don’t research, develop or make the pills themselves, according to a report out Tuesday from Democrats on the U.S.
Jun 25 2018

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As the Oregon Health Authority pays $178.3 million to Medicaid providers that met their goals, leaders ask if it’s rewarding the right things.
Oregon’s coordinated care organizations got a shining re
Jun 27 2018
The report shows that heart procedures are among the most expensive.
A new report from the Oregon Health Authority outlines a mixed picture on hospital payments.
Jul 5 2018

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Oregon Health & Science University is worried that the move will hurt diversity on its campus, which it has made one of its priorities.
Oregon Health & Science University has come out against a move by the administration of President Donald Trump against the consideration of race in college admissions.
Jul 9 2018
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Jul 12 2018

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Leaders push for bridges, not silos, among providers for the next stage of Medicaid in Oregon.
Oregon needs to break down the silos that keep doctors, dentists, therapists and other providers from working together, for the state to succeed in reinventing the co
Jun 25 2018

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The leading health insurer has not directed money from its own PAC much yet this campaign season, instead it is working in tandem with our big businesses to support centrist Democrats and the Republican Party.
Regence BlueCross BlueShield has teamed up with a collection of business interests, including Koch Industries, to support conservative political action committees ahead of this November’s elections, when Republicans will try to avert a Democratic supermajority in the Oregon Legi
Jun 15 2018

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Scientists at Oregon State University have identified a protein that could help fight the disease, which has become resistant to antibiotics, posing a potential public health threat.
Researchers have identified a protein that powers the virulence of the bacteria that causes gonorrhea, opening the possibility of a new target for antibiotics and, even better, a vaccine.
Jul 5 2018
Project Access Now has expanded the scope of its Pharmacy Bridge program beyond uninsured people. Oregon hospitals contributed $400,000 to fund the program for the fiscal year ending next week.
Before Obamacare, many non-profit organizations were focused primarily on assisting the large number of uninsured people with healthcare needs, including prescription
Jun 22 2018