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Despite offering up the public option, Sen. Ron Wyden says most Americans won’t have the option to buy it
October 27, 2009 -- Sen. Harry Reid made thousands of headlines yesterday when he announced that the Senate health bill would include a public option with a state opt-out clause.
 
Oct 27 2009
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Columbia Health District reacts, calling the decision devastating after so many years of hard work

October 23, 2009 -- In a followup to a story we posted last week about a proposed new 12-bed hospital in St. Helens, the state has issued a deciding 'no.'

The following comes from a press release issued by Grant Higginson, Office of Community Health and Health Planning within the Department of Human Services.

Oct 23 2009
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U.S. Department of Labor has final say based on a formal complaint

October 21, 2009 -- The American Federation of Teachers is maintaining its grip on the 3,000 nurses and health professionals who work for Kaiser Permanente and Providence Milwaukie Hospital following a four-month investigation.

Oct 21 2009
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Common sense solutions heard at John Kitzhaber’s Archimedes conference

Oct 21 2009
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Physicians and lawyers look for collaboration

Oct 21 2009
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In a national radio interview, Sen. Ron Wyden said even conservative colleagues know value in free choice

October 20, 2009 -- Sen. Ron Wyden picked up the pressure for his Free Choice Amendment and a strong public option in an appearance today on the Ed Schultz national radio program.

Oct 20 2009
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Whether state mental health facility is any better than private one lacks evidence

October 20, 2009 -- Richard Harris’ statement regarding the lack of efficiencies and the focus on acute care of private hospitals such as the new Cedar Hills private psychiatric hospital appears to be without merit.  

Oct 20 2009
statesmanjournal.com
Salem's biggest private employer might have to lay off staff amid record losses

Originally at StatesmanJournal.com October 19, 2009 -- Salem Hospital, the city's biggest private employer, is grappling with a streak of losses for the first time in years and considering significant cuts that could include layoffs, officials said.

Administrators expect the deficit trend to continue and are planning to reduce expenses by $9 million over the next year. The hospital's budget in 2008 was $463 million.

Oct 19 2009
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President Short delivered the news in an email to agents and brokers today

October 15, 2009 -- Jared Short, president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, announced today the insurer would drop its lawsuit against  the Public Employees Benefit Board for terminating its contract for the next two years.  

The enrollment loss of some 100,000 members representing $30 million in revenue comes after Regence has insured state employees for more than 20 years. Up until September, Regence had lawyers arguing in court to block PEBB's ruling.

Oct 15 2009
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Regence could lose its lead in Medicare Advantage members with its high cost premiums in 2010

October 15, 2009 -- Unlike its competitors, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield is asking seniors to pay much higher premiums for their Medicare Advantage plans next year, according to filings submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Oct 15 2009

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