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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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Conservatives love market solutions, but healthcare has no hope of ever being an “efficient market." Here's why.

September 8, 2009 -- The September issue of The Atlantic has a feature article by David Goldhill, a business executive who lost his father due to a hospital error. Goldhill’s analysis of what’s wrong with the quality of our healthcare is impeccable, but not his solution.

Sep 8 2009

September 4, 2009 -- The retirement of Jim Edge, as director of the state’s Medicaid agency, is bringing a fresh face into the fold. 

Sep 4 2009
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Lobbying to limit health insurance rate regulation extends beyond walls of the state capitol
September 3, 2009 – Armed with authority to peer deeper into health insurance balance sheets, the state agency that governs the industry faces intense lobbying pressure.
 
Sep 4 2009
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September 3, 2009 -- Barney Speight is returning to state government on Sept. 14. He’ll be in charge of purchasing medical services for nearly 850,000 Oregonians, including state employees, Medicaid recipients and seniors, and work for the Oregon Health Authority. 

Sep 4 2009

September 3, 2009 -- Lynn-Marie Crider has joined the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research as a policy analyst after spending five years with the Service Employees International Union, Local 49.

She’s joined by Erin Fair who was a legislative aide to Sen. Alan Bates during the last legislative session.

“We chose these people because they have the breadth and knowledge to work in different directions at the same time,” said Sean Kolmer, the agency’s deputy director who manages the research unit.

Sep 4 2009
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September 3, 2009 -- Steve Hooker, CFO of Regence BlueCross BlueShield, will retire at year’s end. With Regence for the past 28 years, he earned $304,641 from the Oregon-based health insurer in 2008. 

As chairman of the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hooker intends to devote more time and energy to advance its mission of better treatments and cures for blood-related cancers when he retires.

Sep 4 2009

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