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A vote on Sen. Ron Wyden's Free Choice Amendment expected soon

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September 30, 2009 -- Sen. Ron Wyden on Tuesday voted in support of a public health insurance option to compete with the private market as the key committee he sits on shot down the measure twice.

The public-option legislation was imperfect, the senior Democratic senator from Oregon said, and he had wrestled with it for months as the Senate struggled with its still-evolving health care reform legislation.

Sep 30 2009
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Sen. Schumer introduces amendment for up or down vote, advocates make one last blitz at Wyden

From NBC's Ken Strickland
September 25, 2009 -- The Senate Finance Committee says the panel will not get to the matter of a public option debate today.

Democratic Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Chuck Schumer yesterday said they were planning to introduce amendments on the so-called public option, and they would take place today.

Sep 24 2009
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Faced with declining enrollment, Regence cuts back on benefits and pensions to its employees

September 24, 2009 -- Faced with declining revenues, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is trimming back its employee retirement fund. Starting Dec. 31, employees will no longer earn pension dollars, and the plan will be closed to new employees, according to a memo sent by Mark Stimpson, vice president of human resources, on Sept. 22. 

Sep 24 2009
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Performance and complexity drive our healthcare system, not money or malpractice lawsuits

September 24, 2009 -- The way physicians perform their work is as important as Congressional legislation to reform our system, according to Dr. Atul  Gawande, who captivated a packed crowd at the Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday night. And according to Gawande, Portland already leads the nation when it comes to end-of-life care. 

Sep 24 2009
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Diabetes care beats national average, but chlamydia screenings fall below

September 24, 2009 -- Across Oregon, there are dangerous gaps between the health care that people should receive and the care they actually receive. That’s among the findings in a report released today by a non-profit health group on the quality of primary care in Oregon.

Sep 24 2009
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Protestors gather at Regence headquarters as part of national action

September 22, 2009 -- More than 400 people gathered in the courtyard beneath Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon headquarters in downtown Portland today in support of comprehensive healthcare reform. 

Organized by, the rally coincided with similar events throughout the country dubbed “Big Insurance: Sick of it.” 

Sep 22 2009
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In the week after Sen. Max Baucus released a draft plan based on the notorious "Gang of Six," Sen. Ron Wyden pens an op-ed and appears on NPR

September 21, 2009 -- Although Sen. Ron Wyden sits on the powerful Senate Finance Committee, he's been virtually shut out of discussions in that committee, which so far have centered on the "Gang of Six," three Democrats and three Republicans. Late last week Wyden expressed his discontent with the bill so far.

Sep 21 2009
The federal HRSA grant will help Oregon expand coverage to children and low-income adults

Sep 18 2009
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Rep. Henry Waxman wants to know more about executive compensation paid to health insurers

September 17, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield is among 52 health plans across the country targeted by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) who’s conducting an investigation into the private health insurance industry.

As chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Waxman’s asking the nation’s largest insurers to disclose their CEO salaries, bonuses, profit margins, corporate retreats and other financial data by the end of September.

Sep 17 2009
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Steve Lynch left Health Net to become the principal of a Catholic school

September 17, 2009 -- A high-ranking insurance executive, Steve Lynch, has switched careers, becoming the principal of a Catholic elementary school in Salem.

“I wanted to get out of corporate life and move back to Oregon,” Lynch told He spent the past eight years as president of Health Net’s health plan division, living in Los Angeles, and earlier ran its Oregon division. He also had a career with PacifiCare of Oregon.

Sep 17 2009