June 17, 2009 --Psychologists took a step forward in their ability to prescribe drugs on Monday (June 15) when the House agreed to set up a work group to iron out differences with the psychiatric community (House Bill 2702).
June 17, 2009 -- Roey Thorpe, who led one of the state’s largest gay rights group known as Basic Rights Oregon, has been chosen to lead Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, the political arm of two Planned Parenthood organizations – Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon.
June 16, 2009 -- Rumors have been circulating that Ken Provencher, president of PacificSource Health Plans, may be eyeing the job held by Dr. Bart McMullan, who retires as president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield on July 1.
June 16, 2009 -- The legislature could this week take up an increase in the beer tax, as proposed in House Bill 2461. Emphasis on the word could.
Originally at Portland Mercury
June 11, 2009 -- President Barack Obama may be facing tacit opposition to his planned health care reform over the coming months from an unlikely source: Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.
June 10, 2009 -- A shock wave hit the mental health community when lawmakers talked about changing the playing field. Since February 1, 1994, when the Oregon Health Plan rolled off the block, Oregon’s counties have sat at the control tower of mental health services.
June 10, 2009 -- Say your doctor suggests you need gall bladder surgery, and you want to know how much of the bill your health insurer will actually pay. Starting July 1, that information should be easy as making a toll-free phone call or clicking onto your insurer’s Web site.
June 10, 2009 -- Our current healthcare system is a mess for both those who carry health insurance and those without. Only a single payer national health insurance program that provides public financing for privately delivered healthcare services can clean up this mess and provide all Americans access to needed medical services regardless of ability to pay.