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In a year in which universal health care is front and center on the political stage, Oregonians may get to cast a vote on the issue in November.
Feb 17 2020

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Oregon lawmakers want to regulate the sales of kratom, an unregulated drug made from tree leaves native to Southeast Asia that some people take to ease pain or to get high.
Feb 18 2020

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The Oregon Legislature just put aside a bill designed to create a new category of professional in the dental industry.  Supporters said it would widen access to dental treatment, and they hope to bring it back.  But the bill, which would license dental hygienists, is ill-conceived.
Feb 17 2020

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Oregon lawmakers took swift action to help immigrants get health care and avoid getting ensnared by a new and widely criticized federal rule designed as a crackdown. 
Feb 14 2020
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A year ago, state legislators approved $30 million to improve a program run by the Oregon Department of Human Services for the developmentally disabled. But on Wednesday, DHS officials were back before the Legislature, asking for more money.
Feb 12 2020

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 A bill that would have capped the costs of dialysis for patients and insurers has died. But it’s likely to return. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, said she  plans to propose a new bill reining in dialysis costs in the 2021 session.
Feb 13 2020
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An Oregon committee assigned to setting a statewide cap on the rise in health care spending has agreed to a number: 3.4%.
Feb 12 2020

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The dead bills are starting to pile up.
Feb 13 2020
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Speaker Tina Kotek has added $20 million to her proposal to help Oregon cities deal with rising homelessness.
Feb 12 2020
As the scientific community scrambles to find a drug that can effectively treat tens of thousands of patients sickened by a new respiratory virus, they are trying some surprising remedies: medicines targeting known killers like HIV, Ebola and malaria.
Feb 13 2020

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The decision came out of the blue. “Your husband isn’t going to get any better, so we can’t continue services,” an occupational therapist told Deloise “Del” Holloway in early November. “Medicare isn’t going to pay for it.”
Feb 13 2020
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The Oregon House passed a bill on Tuesday that bans online and telephone sales of vaping products.
Feb 11 2020

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Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill focused on wages, benefits and working conditions in the long-term care industry, which has a high turnover rate. 
Feb 10 2020

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A legislative proposal for importing wholesale prescription drugs from Canada has died -- for the second time. House Bill 4147 was effectively killed by House health care leaders who did not put it on the committee agenda. 
Feb 10 2020

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A first-of-its-kind clinic just opened on the north Oregon Coast to provide opioid addiction treatment in an area that’s been hard hit by opioid-related deaths.
Feb 8 2020
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Oregon lawmakers faced their first resistance on Thursday to a proposal that would ban flavored vaping products in response to thousands of vaping-related illnesses and dozens of across the country.
Feb 6 2020
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Oregon lawmakers are looking for ways to keep insulin prices in check for patients who need the drug to stay alive.
Feb 6 2020

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Five Oregon counties may get a new family treatment court program to help  parents overcome substance abuse and keep families together. The family treatment court model, proposed in House Bill 4040, would put a full-time judge in each participating county in charge of the program.
Feb 5 2020

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House Speaker Tina Kotek wants an emergency declaration recognizing the state’s homelessness crisis, with the state spending $120 million on affordable housing and shelter needs.
Feb 5 2020
A data breach at a contractor for Health Share of Oregon, the Portland area’s Medicaid insurer, has potentially compromised the personal information of about 650,000 people.
Feb 5 2020
Read the latest press releases from organizations around the state.
Press Release: Pain Treatment Center Expands Reach
Feb 17 2020