Oregon's regional approach to Medicaid
The Oregon Health Authority is changing its approach to Medicaid to improve health and contain costs.
Oregon’s facing an $8 billion question: Can state bureaucrats and politicians reinvent the health insurance program that covers one in four Oregonians and push the entire state to get healthier along the way?
Jul 19 2018

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Dr. Jeffrey Kirsch, hired in 2002, will remain a professor and so far retains his salary of nearly $500,000.
In a sudden move, Oregon Health & Science University officials have demoted the head of their anesthesiology department.  
Jul 18 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
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

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Briefly: Raw Turkey Sickens 90 people, Including in Oregon
Jul 18 2018
Candidates for a new type of gene therapy have had trouble gaining access to the medications, with some patients denied coverage.
Patients whose blood cancers have failed to respond to repeated rounds of chemotherapy may be candidates for a new type of gene therapy that could send their cancers into remission for years.
Jul 19 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
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
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) has benefitted thousands of patients, but a recent report clearly demonstrates that too little emphasis has been placed on the well being of patients and they are unnecessarily suffering.
Jul 19 2018
Usage increased more in Oregon than nationwide, and included students younger than 21, the legal age for use.
College students at two large public universities in Oregon are reporting more use of marijuana following the drug’s legalization, including among those who are underage, Oregon State University researchers have found.
Jul 18 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
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Jul 19 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

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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