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.
Originally at LATimes.com
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.
Originally at BendBulletin.com
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.
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.
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.
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.