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Amid outcries over exorbitant drug prices, the latest MS drug has been priced at $65,000 -- shy of the average of $78,000, but still several times higher than the $10,000 average in 1996. Drug manufacturers have hiked prices for other existing drugs even as new options have come on the market.

Expensive, complex drugs to treat Multiple Sclerosis are just getting more expensive, even as more options come onto the market.

Nov 17 2017
Cottage Grove Republican Rep. Cedric Hayden criticized the Democratic-led Legislature for funding a long list of pork barrel projects, singling out $1.5 million for Portland’s Japanese Garden, while demanding up to $10 million in cuts to services for people with disabilities.

The Oregon Department of Human Services is moving ahead with plans next summer to start limiting the number of disabled children who can receive in-home supports, drawing a sharp rebuke from Rep. Cedric Hayden, R-Cottage Grove, who cried that the decision will “tear these families apart.”

Nov 15 2017
Oregon is outpacing other states, with nearly 43,000 signups on healthcare.gov, out of 2.3 million across the country. But to match last year, Oregon needs to double its enrollment by Dec. 15, while the nation must triple its own.

Midway through the open enrollment period for the individual health insurance market, Oregon is off to a hot start, but with only three weeks left till the normal window to sign up for 2018 closes on Dec. 15, the state may still fall short of 2017 enrollment.

The state has tried to work proactively with counties to get them to stop warehousing people in the state mental hospital when they are too sick to stand trial. This population, which has doubled in the past five years, sits at 190 after peaking last winter at 243.

The number of people sent to the state hospital pending criminal trials has declined from its alarming peak in 2016, but this population is still too high.

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Oregon Health Forum holds a debate on Ballot Measure 101 on Dec. 13, bringing together the proponents and opponents.

Oregon voters will decide on Jan. 23 whether to overturn $320 million in healthcare assessments intended to balance the state’s Medicaid budget.That vote takes place just two weeks prior to legislators convening in Salem again.

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We bring important issues to the forefront at our monthly breakfast forums.

Earlier this week, I attend the Oregon Health Forum breakfast on Oregon’s Addiction Services System. Judge Eric Bloch moderated the discussion.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have a wide range of negative impacts that have significant impacts on the ability of charitable nonprofits in Oregon to serve our communities.

The U.S. House Bill H.R. 1 passed yesterday afternoon, Nov. 16, 2017, with a 227-205 vote. Thirteen Republicans joined all Democrats in opposing the bill.

Most Republicans trust President Trump to do what’s best on healthcare; Most Democrats and Independents lack trust in either the President or the federal government. A majority of Democrats, Independents and Republicans would support allowing people younger than 65 to buy into Medicare.

     

The former governor joined a drug court judge and others Wednesday morning to discuss Oregon's poor performance on recovery efforts, and how the state can do better.

Former Governor John Kitzhaber joined with proponents of a coordinated statewide look at addiction Wednesday, saying that only big thinking and new approaches will allow Oregon to rise from its spot as 49th of the 50 U.S.

Meanwhile, Medicare may owe Oregon money for healthcare that CCOs covered for low-income elderly adults who were misclassified by the state, possibly narrowing the reported $74 million overpayment that Oregon received.

Oregon’s children won’t lose their health insurance because of Congressional incompetence -- at least this year, anyway.

Adventist Health Portland and OHSU announced a final agreement to integrate their clinical activities and services in the Portland metropolitan area through an affiliation that becomes effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Medicare enrollees, who have watched their out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs climb in recent years, might be in for a break.

A tight deadline has insurance brokers working overtime to help a group of Pacific Islanders to get insurance, but a rule requiring them to pay deductibles upfront has some members facing collection agencies.

The state is aggressively signing up people for a special health insurance program for Pacific Islanders, but the design of the program has barriers that are making it hard for the recipients to use their care, and some have been sent to collections.

We can no longer afford to discard substance abuse programs from our health insurance benefits.

OPINION -- This was the first of many surprising conclusions discovered by our committee of citizens. We spent seven months attempting to understand Oregon’s addiction problem.