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Baucus nods to Free Choice Amendment when bills merge

Originally at WashingtonPost.com
October 13, 2009 -- If you'd asked me six months ago which Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee would prove the toughest vote on health-care reform, I'd have had a couple answers for you. Blanche Lincoln, maybe. Or Tom Carper. Or Kent Conrad.

I would not have said Ron Wyden.

Oct 13 2009
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Cedar Hills Hospital intends to compete as Oregon’s only private psychiatric hospital

October 12, 2009 -- Local health officials have been intrigued by the Texas-based AscendHealth Corporation’s recent opening of Cedar Hills Hospital at 10300 SW Eastridge Street in Portland. 

Oct 12 2009
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A building boom may be good for capacity but it threatens to supplant community mental health options

October 12, 2009 -- As private mental health hospitals spring up across the state to compete with a new Oregon State Hospital building under construction, community mental health providers are crying out for their own funding.

Leaders at the highest levels in the state’s mental health system acknowledge the strange universe that funds hospitals for the mentally ill while allowing out-patient preventative care to whither.

Oct 12 2009
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Newly created Health Policy Board expected to take up medical malpractice reform

Oct 6 2009
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Sen. Ron Wyden has become an outspoken critic of legislation so far since his amendment failed last week

October 5, 2009 -- Despite his failure to convince his colleagues to pass a free choice amendment to the $880 billion healthcare bill winding its way through Congress, Senator Ron Wyden refuses to give up the fight.

Free choice is “absolutely the key to healthcare reform,” he told physicians attending an Oregon Medical Association meeting last Saturday. Otherwise, “more than 200 million Americans working for large employers won’t have any choice of healthcare coverage.” 

Oct 5 2009
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They're mad as hell and they came from Oregon

WASHINGTON DC, October 3, 2009 – Oregon’s homegrown Mad As Hell Doctors were met by Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Washington DC on the final days of their cross-country media blitz.

The group of doctors drew a modest crowd in front of the White House on Wednesday (Sept 30) capping a month long quest to put single payer back in the national debate. But by far the most exciting moment came when Kucinich arrived. He took the stage like it was the Democratic National Convention.

Oct 4 2009
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In another concession to industry, Democrats deny Wyden's free choice amendment

Originally at Oregonlive.com
October 2, 2009 -- Defying his own party, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon late Thursday sharply criticized the most ambitious health care legislation in a generation, concluding that the bill written by Democrats does not offer millions of workers sufficient choice of insurance plans and lacks muscular tools for controlling medical costs.

Oct 2 2009
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PacificSource vies for statewide coverage

October 1, 2009 -- Only one health insurer has stepped up to the plate to capture the statewide contract for the Healthy Kids program -- PacificSource Health Plans – while five other insurers are vying for regional contracts.

Oct 1 2009

October 1, 2009 -- Katherine Keene has been hired by Capitol Manor, a retirement community in Salem, as its executive director. Most recently she chaired Salem Hospital’s board of directors.  

In 2003, Keene resigned as president and CEO of SAIF Corp., after an 11-year stint.  Her resignation came after news reports revealed that Keene had spent more than $1.1 million on a lobbying contract with former Governor Neil Goldschmidt’s consulting firm from 1996 through 2003. Keene earned $295,000 in 2003.

 

Oct 1 2009
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October 1, 2009 -- Following a nationwide search, Richard Harris has been chosen as the permanent director of Oregon’s Addictions and Mental Health Division. He spent the past 12 months as interim director.

Oct 1 2009

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