Ree Sailors has joined the National Governors Association in Washington DC as program director of its health division. She spent three years in Oregon as health policy advisor to Governor Ted Kulongoski, then later as advisor to the Oregon Health Fund Board. Earlier, Sailors was the executive policy advisor to Washington Governor Gary Locke. She has more than 25 years of experience in the health and human services arenas.
May 8, 2009 -- Negotiations over a provider tax that could potentially insure 180,000 Oregonians appear stalled after lawmakers cancelled a legislative hearing scheduled for Thursday morning (May 7) because an agreement had not been reached with the hospitals and health insurers.
May 6, 2009 -- Large employers could get a break in their insurance rates next January under a plan being designed by a health leadership task force.
May 7, 2009 -- Advocates hold high a banner for drawing down all available federal funds to cover 180,000 Oregonians, and for addressing both system reform and expansion during this legislative session.
The burden of care that overwhelms our medical system has largely resulted from providing expensive care for those suffering from illnesses that should have been prevented.
May 5, 2009 -- Health care activists disrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday, standing up one after the other as Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) tried to restore order.
April 30, 2009 -- Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) expects to announce a deal next week that will settle months of debate on taxing hospitals and health insurers to expand the Oregon Health Plan.
April 30, 2009 -- Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has done his part. As chairman of the House Health Care Committee, Greenlick passed the most sweeping piece of healthcare reform legislation this state has ever seen.
Dr. Peter Bernardo, a general surgeon in Salem, has become president of the Oregon Medical Association, which represents 7,600 physicians, physician assistants and medical students. In solo private practice for nearly 17 years, he led the tort reform effort by the OMA in 2004, which would have limited non-economic damages to $500,000. Voters narrowly defeated the measure, which was vigorously opposed by malpractice attorneys.