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Nominees for the new Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Health Policy Board must be received by August 7

On June 11, Oregon's Legislature passed historic health reform legislation in House Bill 2009. In particular, HB 2009 creates an Oregon Health Authority (OHA), which is responsible for streamlining and aligning state health purchasers and programs to maximize efficiency as well as organize state health policy and health services.

Jul 20 2009
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The region's largest group of doctors faces retention problems
Originally at BendBulletin.com
July 12, 2009 -- Once a model of stability, Bend Memorial Clinic, the region’s largest group of doctors, has become a veritable revolving door for physicians.
Jul 20 2009
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SEIU hospital workers didn't get everything they wanted, but feel good about agreement

UPDATE: July 23, 2009 -- Contract officially ratified.
July 17, 2009 -- Two weeks after negotiations stalled and SEIU staged an informational picket, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital employees reached a tentative agreement Wednesday (July 15) on a new three-year contract.

Jul 17 2009
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As it attempts to balance controlling costs, will Congress take on self-referring doctors?
Originally at Miller-McCune.com
July 13, 2009 -- In attempting to reform the U.S. health care system, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have repeatedly said that controlling costs is as important, if not more, than extending coverage to all Americans.
Jul 15 2009
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The relative number of complaints remained low, but state regulators took action in several cases

July 15, 2009 -- The number of complaints against health insurance companies remained flat in 2008 despite efforts by the Department of Consumer and Business Services to spread the word. Of the 30 companies based in Oregon, only 694 complaints were filed.

Jul 15 2009
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New tax to expand coverage to children and low-income adults will have everyone paying higher premiums

July 15, 2009 -- Employers will definitely feel the pain of an insurance tax that will help raise more than $115 billion to cover 115,000 uninsured children and low-income adults in Oregon over the next four years.

Jul 15 2009
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“Value-based” plans could save up to 12 percent according to healthcare actuary

July 15, 2009 -- President Obama might want to take a serious look at how Oregon insurers and employers intend to transform healthcare in 2010.

Jul 15 2009
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Once state regulators approve the purchase of Advantage Dental’s commercial business, PacificSource moves into the individual dental market

July 15, 2009 -- PacificSource Health Plans is gearing up for a tidal wave of new members when state regulators approve its $3.5 million purchase of Advantage Dental Plan’s commercial business.

Jul 15 2009
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Deal strengthens Advantage, the second largest dental plan in the state with 117,000 members, in position for takeovers of its own

July 9, 2009 -- PacificSource Health Plans is preparing to make a $3.5 million purchase, according to documentation obtained by TheLundReport.org.

Jul 9 2009
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While commissioners urge Oregon's Congressional delegation to act, they can't talk about possible health effects
July 9, 2009 -- City Commissioner Amanda Fritz will send a letter to Portland’s Congressional delegation later this week on behalf of the Portland City Council, urging them to ask the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct new studies to determine the potential health hazards related to cell phone towers and the emissions from radio frequencies.
Jul 9 2009

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