The Lund Report

Republicans hew to the position of the chemical and toy industry, who oppose state regulations that would make them stop importing toys made with potentially hazardous chemicals from loosely guarded Chinese factories. The GOP leaders claimed they’d support a bill that only makes companies report the use of these chemicals, but defeated earlier efforts when such a compromise was offered.

After years of being unable to say together to pass a bill designed to require manufacturers to report and rid children’s products of toxic chemicals, the Senate Democrats, including Sen.

Jul 1 2015
A study first conceived by Sen. Michael Dembrow in 2013 that passed without funding, has repassed with $300,000 in state money after private donations came up short. Support for the study has a bipartisan history, but as a thorough and objective study comes closer to a reality, the political pressure mounts against it. The state money, however, is enough for the study to move forward.

The Oregon universal healthcare financing study bill cleared the top budget committee after a contentious hearing Monday, with $300,000 attached to design the best way of financing a universal healthcare system in Oregon.

Jul 1 2015
A study first conceived by Sen. Michael Dembrow in 2013 that passed without funding, has repassed with $300,000 in state money after private donations came up short. Support for the study has a bipartisan history, but as a thorough and objective study comes closer to a reality, the political pressure mounts against it. The state money, however, is enough for the study to move forward.

The Oregon universal healthcare financing study bill cleared the top budget committee after a contentious hearing Monday, with $300,000 attached to design the best way of financing a universal healthcare system in Oregon.

Jun 30 2015
The Oregon Senate voted 16-13 to make smoke shops pay a user fee to cover the cost of their own licensure. Inspections and certification has been covered by diverting funds from tobacco prevention to ensure that cigar bars and other tobacco outlets are complying with their exception to the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act.

It seems absurd on the surface. When the state passed its Clean Indoor Air Act in 2007, it gave an exception to cigar bars and other smoke shops that focus on tobacco to continue to light up in their businesses, so long as they were certified to sell primarily tobacco products and built a closed ventilation system to protect other businesses from hazardous secondhand smoke.

Jun 30 2015
Sen. Steiner Hayward argued that the information was essential to provide parents of kids who can’t be vaccinated to avoid putting them at risk of preventable diseases that could be carried by other kids simply because they’re not vaccinated. Each school will be required to conspicuously share data about vaccination rates, exposing those schools without herd immunity to greater public scrutiny.

The Senate Democrats and one Republican voted Tuesday to require all Oregon schools to share information about the school’s vaccination rate for preventable contagious diseases like polio and measles, providing parents with essential information to protect vulnerable children who cannot be vaccin

Jun 30 2015
The rape case at the University of Oregon spawns re-examination of FERPA rules, new Oregon privacy law

How assured can Oregon college students be about on-campus medical privacy when they return to school in the fall?

Perhaps a bit more than before, given legislation passed this June to tighten up student privacy records in cases of sexual abuse or assault.

Jun 30 2015
Long-standing policy director Tina Edlund joins consulting firm

After announcing his retirement more than a year ago, Jack Friedman is finally bowing out as CEO of Providence Health Plan on July 1. Originally he planned to leave in January, but agreed to remain until his successor had been chosen.

Jun 30 2015
Recent polling by the Oregon Health Authority finds more and more physicians are taking the plunge, while the Oregon Medical Association seeks to redefine its role.

The number of employed physicians in Oregon is creeping up. A survey conducted by the Oregon Health Authority, in cooperation with the Oregon Medical Association, found that 51 percent of physician worked for a hospital, health insurer or health system in 2014.

Jun 30 2015
The latest job postings including offerings by ATRIO Health Plans, Southwest Oregon IPA and Catholic Community Services.

Since we launched Health Hires the response has been better than ever!

Health Hires is a job board for healthcare employers and job seekers. At Health Hires, job seekers can browse open positions for free.

Jun 30 2015

The right to marry in any state won’t be the only gain for gay couples from last week’s Supreme Court ruling. The decision will probably boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans, say analysts and benefits consultants.

Jun 29 2015

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