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About five years ago, Oregon adopted an innovative Medicaid system that enabled the state to expand health care to nearly 1 million people today. But the system does not have a steady source of funds. This year Oregon's Medicaid funding gap was $950 million.
Feb 20 2019

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Story updated Monday, Feb. 21, 2019 at 5:35 p.m. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, the longtime controversial chair of the House health care committee and Portland Democrat, was removed from the position on Thursday.
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Amid widespread recognition that Oregon has a mental health problem, Gov. Kate Brown named behavioral health a top priority.
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  Oregon legislators are looking at an equal pay bill that would raise rates for naturopathic physicians.
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A rare scene of drama erupted in a House health care committee hearing on Tuesday as the chair and a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry clashed over a fairly straightforward bill that would require greater transparency on the part of drug manufacturers.
Feb 19 2019

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Ten days before her 10th birthday, Sara Scofield was sitting in the kitchen of her Eugene home, waiting for breakfast, when her mother’s scream pierced through the house. “Get help,” her mother cried, running into the kitchen.  
Feb 18 2019
Oregon lawmakers moved one step closer to funding the state’s $950 million Medicaid shortfall on Tuesday.
Feb 19 2019
Health Share of Oregon is the only insurer that will apply to cover Portland’s Medicaid patients for the next iteration of Oregon’s Medicaid program after five potential applicants withdrew.
Feb 19 2019
Amid a measles outbreak in the Northwest that has stoked the flames of a national debate over vaccinations, Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would alter the state’s immunization process.
Feb 18 2019
Hospitals and front-line physicians live at the interface of life and death where real-world facts beyond the immediate care setting control their lives and those of the individuals they care for.
Feb 19 2019
A two-decade surge in opioid overdose deaths has prompted health officials, addiction specialists and the federal government to declare opioid addiction a public health emergency.
Feb 17 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

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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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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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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.
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Read the latest press releases from organizations around the state.
Press Release: Oregon’s Young People Advocate For Health And Wellness
Feb 21 2019