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A two-decade surge in opioid overdose deaths has prompted health officials, addiction specialists and the federal government to declare opioid addiction a public health emergency.

Feb 17 2019
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Oregon’s former Medicaid Director Lori Coyner returned to the role Jan. 28, filling the vacancy she left in 2017. Her return comes in the midst of the state’s application process to cover the health care of about 1 million low-income Oregonians over the next five years.

Feb 14 2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he’s done waiting for the federal government to curtail the rising cost of prescription drugs.

Newsom has his own plan to ease that financial burden — one he hopes other states can join or replicate.

Feb 14 2019
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Smokers paying higher taxes would help buy health insurance for low-income Oregonians under a plan being advanced by Gov. Kate Brown.

Brown is proposing tax increase of $2 a pack of cigarettes, currently taxed at $1.33.

Feb 12 2019
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Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would alter the status of organizations that provide bodies to medical schools, hospitals and labs to make it easier for individuals to sign up as a donor.

Feb 11 2019

State Sen. Dennis Linthicum, R-Klamath Falls, finds himself alone on a political island this week after being publicly rebuked by fellow legislators for an inflammatory statement about a police killing.

Feb 11 2019

As public health officials work to tamp down a measles outbreak in the Portland metro area, Oregon lawmakers are preparing to take up legislation that would increase the number of children vaccinated for the disease.

Feb 8 2019

Oregon lawmakers debated a bill on Thursday that would create a new position in the Oregon Health Authority dedicated to reducing adult suicides, a problem that plagues the state.  

Feb 7 2019
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Oregon lawmakers on Thursday approved a tax proposal to help cover the $950 million hole in the Medicaid budget, but not without controversy.

Feb 7 2019
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This session, Oregon lawmakers are looking at ways to ensure that patients do not face delays or denial of treatment because of restrictive insurance company policies.

Feb 7 2019

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