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“Value-based” plans could save up to 12 percent according to healthcare actuary

July 15, 2009 -- President Obama might want to take a serious look at how Oregon insurers and employers intend to transform healthcare in 2010.

Jul 15 2009
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Once state regulators approve the purchase of Advantage Dental’s commercial business, PacificSource moves into the individual dental market

July 15, 2009 -- PacificSource Health Plans is gearing up for a tidal wave of new members when state regulators approve its $3.5 million purchase of Advantage Dental Plan’s commercial business.

Jul 15 2009
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Deal strengthens Advantage, the second largest dental plan in the state with 117,000 members, in position for takeovers of its own

July 9, 2009 -- PacificSource Health Plans is preparing to make a $3.5 million purchase, according to documentation obtained by TheLundReport.org.

Jul 9 2009
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While commissioners urge Oregon's Congressional delegation to act, they can't talk about possible health effects
July 9, 2009 -- City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will send a letter to Portland’s Congressional delegation later this week on behalf of the Portland City Council, urging them to ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct new studies to determine the potential health hazards related to cell phone towers and the emissions from radio frequencies.
Jul 9 2009
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Record-breaking lobbying campaign by industry has 350 former lawmakers and Congressional aides
Originally at WashingtonPost.com
July 6, 2009 -- The nation's largest insurers, hospitals and medical groups have hired more than 350 former government staff members and retired members of Congress in hopes of influencing their old bosses and colleagues, according to an analysis of lobbying disclosures and other records.
Jul 9 2009
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One of the state's top Oregon Health Plan contractors says a system enrollment defect has plan losing members

July 8, 2009 -- FamilyCare intends to take legal action against the state unless Medicaid officials fix an enrollment problem that could cost them $7 million this year. It’s among 14 managed care plans that insure Oregon Health Plan members.

Jul 8 2009
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Gov. Ted Kulongoski issued an executive order today naming Bruce Goldberg, head of DHS, to lead reform efforts

Press release issued today by Gov. Kulongoski
July 8, 2009 -- Governor Ted Kulongoski today issued Executive Order 09-11 delegating Bruce Goldberg, M.D. as his representative to lead the consolidation and realignment of the state’s human and health care services. Dr. Goldberg is the current director of the Oregon Department of Human Services and will retain those duties.

Jul 8 2009
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Advocate who led drive to insure children will now lead $11 million budget to fulfill plan

July 8, 2009 -- Cathy Kaufmann, MSW, has been tapped to lead the new office of Healthy Kids at the Department of Human Services. As the policy and communications director for Children First for Oregon, she was a strong advocate of the healthcare expansion that will provide coverage to 80,000 children during the next two years.

Jul 8 2009
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Hospital service workers at Legacy Good Sam want greater pay and get this: Better healthcare benefits

July 2, 2009 -- The employment contract for service workers at Legacy Good Samaritan hospital expired Wednesday (June 30) without agreement after negotiations broke down between SEIU Local 49 and Legacy management.

Jul 2 2009
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The fight for nurse-to-patient staffing ratios suffered another defeat at the Oregon legislature because two unions couldn't agree

July 1, 2009 -- For the second legislative session in a row, the state’s two largest nurses unions failed to see eye to eye on the need for specific nurse-to-patient staffing ratios in hospitals.

Jul 1 2009

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