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It’s unclear how one of the deadliest, most prolific pathogens will be identified – if at all – when hospital-acquired infection rates become public in January 2010. That’s because hospitals get to play a large role in deciding what to tell you.

April 23, 2009 -- Dee Dee Vallier gets calls and emails almost every day from people who were either affected personally or had a family member affected by a multi-drug resistant Staph infection.

Apr 23 2009
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Personal experience shows that short-sighted insurance denials cost more in the end.

Healthcare reform seems to be on everyone’s mind. There is a definite need to push through the morass and work toward real healthcare reform. The “fluff” or “pie in the sky” statements may sound wonderful as they flash across our television screens, but they really mean nothing. It’s time for action, not just posing for the media. 

Apr 23 2009
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For the first time, Oregon doctors will consider a single-payer option as one way to achieve health reform

April 30, 2009 -- Advocates of a single-payer healthcare system believe it’s time for organized medicine to take a decisive stand. When the Oregon Medical Association held its annual meeting in Eugene on April 25-26, physicians hotly debated the issue. A ballot will be mailed to its 350 voting members with a decision anticipated in the coming month.

Apr 23 2009
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U.S. Sens. Baucus and Kennedy return from recess with firm deadlines for healthcare legislation
Originally at Reuters
April 20, 2009 -- The chairmen of two Senate committees drafting legislation to overhaul healthcare told President Barack Obama on Monday they were working together to have bills ready by early June.
Apr 20 2009
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TheLundReport.org makes its first splash on the pages of The Sunday Oregonian
Apr 19 2009
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As Oregon looks to borrow parts of the Massachusetts reform plan, the message is to control costs or universal coverage doesn't matter
Originally at The Boston Globe
April 7, 2009 -- On the third anniversary of Massachusetts' landmark health insurance overhaul, a new report shows that employers, consumers, and state government paid the same, proportionately, for health coverage after 2006 as they did the year before the initiative started.
Apr 15 2009
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Providence Health Plan CEO says "everyone will share in the pain."

April 15, 2009 -- Seniors who belong to Medicare Advantage plans may be charged higher premiums and receive fewer benefits next January. This comes on the heels of an announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which intends to reduce payments to managed care plans.

Apr 15 2009
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Can insurance rate regulation overcome the industry's high-powered lobbying efforts?

April 15, 2009 -- The Oregon insurance industry faces a showdown from consumer advocacy groups, small businesses and unions that want stronger regulation of premium increases.

Apr 15 2009
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A retired Providence doctor gets denied by his former employer, affording a first-hand look at our failed healthcare system

Are health insurance companies responsible to the community at large or only to their own customers and stakeholders? Is it ethical for them to be allowed to deny coverage to anyone who might actually be in need of medical care?

Apr 15 2009
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Close to 400 people descended on the state Capitol on April 8 to lobby their legislators and demonstrate for healthcare reform.

April 15, 2009 -- “It’s kind of like the government and the insurance companies get to decide who lives and who dies,” said Judith Auslander, 60, who will lose her eligibility for the Oregon Health Plan in April.

Apr 15 2009

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