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
At the last minute, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill to track prescriptions of controlled substances over objections from the ACLU

July 1, 2009 -- People who doctor shop for painkillers such as Oxycodone could have a difficult time getting multiple prescriptions once state officials set up a drug monitoring database. With the death of pop star Michael Jackson, this issue has dominated the headlines.

Jul 1 2009
Creating a conversation about the end of life

July 1, 2009 -- Serious illness, death and dying are often difficult subjects to talk about. However, a lack of communication among individuals, families and health care professionals on these matters often leads to distress for both patients and their families.

Jul 1 2009
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Attorney in the case says he'll appeal the decision further

June 29, 2009 -- Charlie Ringo, attorney and former Oregon Senator, says he will appeal the decision to uphold a 26 percent rate increase on Regence individual health plans that took effect last year.

Jun 26 2009
Dr. Paul Gorman
Sen. Ron Wyden is part of a stonewalling group of Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee who refuse to acknowledge public polls in favor of single payer and a public option

June 24, 2009 -- Close to 100 people rallied for single payer healthcare today on the steps of the Federal Building in downtown Portland to deliver Sen. Ron Wyden a message: They want change, not compromise.

Jun 24 2009
On the heels of legislation aimed at reducing costs, Health Net says new laws will increase premiums

June 22, 2009 -- Governor Ted Kulongoski has yet to sign into law a provider tax (House Bill 2116) that will allow another 80,000 children and 35,000 low-income adults to become insured. Nevertheless, Health Net of Oregon plans to charge higher rates to compensate for the 1 percent premium tax.

Jun 23 2009
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.)
Put on the spot at a Congressional hearing, health insurers defend policies that target the sickest

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June 17, 2009 -- Executives of three of the nation's largest health insurers told federal lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that they would continue canceling medical coverage for some sick policyholders, despite withering criticism from Republican and Democratic members of Congress who decried the practice as unfair and abusive.

Jun 22 2009
Surgeons don't want to admit they perform too many, but that's about all it can be

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June 18, 2009 -- Oregon has long been a darling of those who look at health costs. In most measures, the state, including Central Oregon, shows remarkable restraint, turning in some of the lowest costs in the nation.

Jun 18 2009
A bill to track prescriptions of controlled substances faces heated opposition from the ACLU as it has in past sessions

June 17, 2009 -- People addicted to pain medications know the ropes. They go from one doctor to the next and end up with multiple prescriptions for such painkillers as Oxycodone or Vicodon.

Jun 17 2009
Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley
Reformers and drug companies team up to praise Oregon senators in the lead up to a Congressional health reform bill

June 17, 2009 -- Strange bedfellows. That’s how Ron Pollack describes his recent collaboration with the pharmaceutical trade group, better known as the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America.

Jun 17 2009