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September 15, 2009 -- Hats off to Lillian Shirley. She's just been named vice president and president-elect of the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Lillian, director of Multnomah County's Health Department, also was appointed by Gov. Kulongoski as vice-chairman of the newly formed Oregon Health Policy Board, which is expected to transform Oregon's healthcare system following the passage of House Bill 2009.
 

Sep 15 2009
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Former interim director named assistant director of Children, Adult and Families Division

September 15, 2009 -- It's permanent for Errin Kelley-Siel who's officially become the assistant director of the Children, Adults and Family Division of the Department of Human Services.

Since July 2008 Kelley-Siel has been the interim director of the agency and earlier was the health and human services advisor to Gov. Kulongoski.

Kelley-Siel served as interim director at a time when the state's foster care system went through considerable scrutiny after reports in the Oregonian that the division failed to protect children.

Sep 15 2009
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State employees currently insured by Regence will switch to Providence plans starting in October
September 14, 2009 -- With just two weeks before state employees can change their health plan provider, circumstances remain unchanged in the decision by the Public Employees Benefit Board to strip Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon as one of their options.
 
Sep 14 2009
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A group of doctors take the road in a Winnebago to say anything short of single-payer is nothing at all

September 9, 2009 -- A group of physicians dubbed Mad As Hell Doctors kicked off a 28-city tour in Portland on Tuesday. They’ll be traveling in a Winnebago across the country holding press events along the way until reaching Washington DC on September 30. The group supports a single-payer bill in Congress, HR 676.

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Sep 10 2009
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Insurers are on pace to increase profits this year by 25 percent on higher premiums while fewer people have coverage

September 9, 2009 -- As premiums continue to rise unabated, Oregon insurers lost more than 21,000 members in the second quarter of 2009 – from April through June – representing a 1.2 percent decline compared to the first quarter of this year.   

Sep 9 2009
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One way or another we need to come up with reform that makes the entire system sustainable. Either that or we will really need to worry about poor old grandma.

September 9, 2009 -- You hear a lot about grandma now that Congress is back to work on health care reform legislation. “Poor old grandma” is a reason opponents say they will fight health care reform.

Sep 9 2009
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September 9, 2009 -- Dorane Wintermeyer steps down as vice president of the Oregon sales division for Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon on Sept. 30. During the interim, Jared Short, the new president of Regence, will assume those responsibilities.

Sep 9 2009
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One participant at Wyden's town hall in Medford says the Senator largely ignored debate on the public option and focused instead on his own plan
Sep 8 2009
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Six senators representing 3 percent of the population are running things because the White House wants it that way
Sep 8 2009
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Originally at HuffingtonPost.com
September 8, 2009 -- Mike Enzi, one of three Republicans ostensibly negotiating health care reform as part of the Senate's "Gang of Six," told a Wyoming town hall crowd that he had no plans to compromise with Democrats and was merely trying to extract concessions.

"It's not where I get them to compromise, it's what I get them to leave out," Enzi said Monday, according to the Billings Gazette.

Sep 8 2009

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