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A lawsuit against the state for stripping lucrative state employee contract will get its day in court

August 7, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon will have its day in court on Sept. 3. That’s when Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Alisha Fuchs will hear its case and also decide whether to move the venue to Marion County, which is being requested by the state. Originally, the court date had been set for Sept. 12.

Aug 7 2009
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Town hall meetings across the country, including those in Oregon, are beginning to heat up

August 7, 2009 -- In the first week of the August Congressional recess, right-wing conservative groups appear to have mobilized -- if not more people -- louder, more aggressive voices against healthcare reform than progressive groups in favor of a healthcare overhaul.

Aug 7 2009
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With proper funding, Indian Health Services could be model for reform

August 7, 2009 -- There seems to be political consensus that our healthcare system won’t end up like those in Canada or England. OK, but what about the American version that exists today of a single-payer, government-run healthcare agency?

Aug 7 2009
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The county health department wants youth groups to sell healthy snacks to combat the obesity epidemic

August 7, 2009 -- In an effort to help change unhealthy eating habits among the student population, the Marion County Health Department is promoting alternatives to high-fat, high-sugar and high-calorie foods for school fund-raisers.

Aug 7 2009
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After it sells part of its dental plan business to PacificSource Health Plan, Advantage Dental acquires a competitor
August 7, 2009 -- Advantage Dental has acquired the assets of Hayden Family Dentistry Group and many of its affiliated companies including West Coast Dental and Oregon Professional PC. 
Aug 7 2009
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In the runup to reform, here's a list of several questions Congress is forgetting

August 7, 2009 -- If we are to have a regulatory bend to our health policy and believe this is the road to controlling costs, then why are we not discussing the following:

Aug 7 2009
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After intense daily negotiations the Senate Finance Committee says it won't vote until after recess

Originally at Politico.com
July 30, 2009 -- After being “on the edge of a deal” earlier this week, the Senate Finance Committee has stalled in its health care negotiations, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is no longer promising that the committee will finish its work before the August recess.

Jul 31 2009
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Blue Dog Democrats hold out for a weakened public option -- leadership acquieses

Originally at Politico.com
July 30, 2009 -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent half of Wednesday finalizing a deal with the Blue Dogs — and the other half quelling a brewing rebellion among progressives who think conservatives have hijacked health care reform.

Jul 31 2009
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Regence refutes that Providence earns better marks

July 31, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon refuses to accept defeat. The insurance giant has filed a lawsuit against the state of Oregon after losing a multi-million dollar contract to its competitor, Providence Health Plans.

Jul 31 2009
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Fed up with Sen. Ron Wyden's equivocating on a public option, discontent grows at home
Originally at Politico.com
July 28, 2009 -- Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), in the past a darling of his state’s unions and liberal community, is facing a rising chorus of criticism from those very groups over what they see as his stubborn support for his own alternative health care reform proposal, which differs significantly from the one proposed by President Barack Obama.
Jul 30 2009

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