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Oregon’s former Medicaid Director Lori Coyner returned to the role Jan. 28, filling the vacancy she left in 2017. Her return comes in the midst of the state’s application process to cover the health care of about 1 million low-income Oregonians over the next five years.
Feb 14 2019

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Oregon lawmakers on Thursday approved a tax proposal to help cover the $950 million hole in the Medicaid budget, but not without controversy.
Feb 7 2019
Briefly: 5 Army Soldiers Embedded At OHSU
Jan 22 2019

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s done waiting for the federal government to curtail the rising cost of prescription drugs. Newsom has his own plan to ease that financial burden — one he hopes other states can join or replicate.
Feb 14 2019

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State Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, finds himself alone on a political island this week after being publicly rebuked by fellow legislators for an inflammatory statement about a police killing.
Feb 11 2019
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This session, Oregon lawmakers are looking at ways to ensure that patients do not face delays or denial of treatment because of restrictive insurance company policies.
Feb 7 2019
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Smokers paying higher taxes would help buy health insurance for low-income Oregonians under a plan being advanced by Gov. Kate Brown. Brown is proposing tax increase of $2 a pack of cigarettes, currently taxed at $1.33.
Feb 12 2019

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Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would alter the status of organizations that provide bodies to medical schools, hospitals and labs to make it easier for individuals to sign up as a donor.
Feb 11 2019
As public health officials work to tamp down a measles outbreak in the Portland metro area, Oregon lawmakers are preparing to take up legislation that would increase the number of children vaccinated for the disease.
Feb 8 2019
Kevin Fitts suffered through a sleepless night, battling suicidal thoughts and delusions. By early morning, he was hysterical. He needed to escape his apartment and see someone.
Feb 4 2019
Medicare patients with multiple sclerosis face skyrocketing costs for treatment due to insurance regulations that force them to pay more out of pocket for generic drugs, a study has found.
Feb 6 2019

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Springfield family nurse practitioner Carol Crocker was irate enough with Lane County’s coordinated care organization, Trillium Community Health Plan, that earlier this month she showed up at 7 a.m.
Jan 31 2019
Two dozen organizations intend to seek one of Oregon’s multi-million-dollar contracts to cover Medicaid patients from 2020 through 2024, the Oregon Health Authority announced Monday.
Feb 4 2019
Health insurance complaints in Oregon were up last year.
Feb 4 2019

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Prescription drug prices have dominated the health care agendas of Oregon lawmakers so far this session, with a Canadian importation plan among the proposals introduced into the Legislature.
Jan 31 2019

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Dental insurance giant Delta Dental of California is facing mounting criticism for paying its CEO exorbitantly, flying board members and their companions to Barbados for a meeting, and spending a small fraction of its revenue on charitable work — all while receiving significant state and federal
Jan 30 2019
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Oregon lawmakers have introduced legislation that would avert a crisis for a diabetic in need of insulin.
Jan 25 2019

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Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University announced an initial breakthrough on a vaccine against malaria, which killed nearly 500,000 people worldwide in 2017.
Jan 31 2019
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has rallied around a bill that would make Oregon the first state in the country offer a universal service that would provide educational, emotional and financial support to new parents of infants and young children.
Jan 29 2019
Read the latest press releases from organizations around the state.
Press Release: Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette Calls For Health Equity On National Black HIV/AIDS Day
Feb 7 2019