May 7, 2009 -- Advocates hold high a banner for drawing down all available federal funds to cover 180,000 Oregonians, and for addressing both system reform and expansion during this legislative session.
The burden of care that overwhelms our medical system has largely resulted from providing expensive care for those suffering from illnesses that should have been prevented.
May 5, 2009 -- Health care activists disrupted a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday, standing up one after the other as Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) tried to restore order.
April 30, 2009 -- Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) expects to announce a deal next week that will settle months of debate on taxing hospitals and health insurers to expand the Oregon Health Plan.
April 30, 2009 -- Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) has done his part. As chairman of the House Health Care Committee, Greenlick passed the most sweeping piece of healthcare reform legislation this state has ever seen.
Dr. Peter Bernardo, a general surgeon in Salem, has become president of the Oregon Medical Association, which represents 7,600 physicians, physician assistants and medical students. In solo private practice for nearly 17 years, he led the tort reform effort by the OMA in 2004, which would have limited non-economic damages to $500,000. Voters narrowly defeated the measure, which was vigorously opposed by malpractice attorneys.
April 28, 2009 -- President Barack Obama and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) rarely pass up a chance to snub single-payer health care — a term that means a government-run system.
April 25, 2009 -- By tracking insured and uninsured Oregonians, researchers hope to test how health insurance affects a person's access to care, doctor visits, hospital stays and trips to the emergency room.
April 23, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield has suffered a major defeat, losing a statewide contract worth millions of dollars to Providence Health Plans.