Patient advocates and pharmaceutical companies are backing legislation that would give physicians an easier time prescribing medication and bypassing “step-therapy” protocols, which health insurers use to limit the dispensation and purchase of high-cost drugs.
Gov. Kate Brown renewed her commitment on Monday to legislation that would expand the Oregon Health Plan to cover all income-eligible children living in Oregon, regardless of their immigration status.
End-of-life counseling sessions, once decried by some conservative Republicans as “death panels,” gained steam among Medicare patients in 2016, the first year doctors could charge the federal program for the service.
The rural medical tax credit bill swiftly passed the Senate Health Committee on a 5-0 vote, setting up a six-year extension of the cherished perk for healthcare professionals who work in rural and exurban communities.
Ambulatory surgery centers could become a more attractive option for Oregon consumers if new legislation gets passed, allowing them to recuperate at the clinics for up to 48 hours after admission.
The renewed push to require tobacco and nicotine sales to have a state retail license got off to a shaky start this week, with the hard-fought bipartisan compromise achieved in previous sessions replaced by a renewed political divide between the business community and state and county public heal
Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, touted his aggressive and innovative approach to tackling uncontrolled pharmaceutical costs on Thursday, calling on Oregon to lead where Congress has failed and other state-based reforms have fallen short.
After a bruising confirmation process, the Senate confirmed Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head up the Department of Health and Human Services, by a 52-to-47 vote.
A top state official told legislators on Wednesday that regulators would postpone a list of recommendations that Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali Robison unveiled in November, citing the uncertainty of changes to the health insurance law from the federal government.
Rep. Mitch Greenlick of Portland, and his fellow Democrat, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, ran into traffic on Wednesday at a public hearing on their proposal to enact criminal penalties on physicians who improperly prescribe narcotic medications.