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Advocates rally for House reform bills

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.

May 7 2009
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We should work with policy makers and decision leaders to help them recognize that all policy is health policy.

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 7 2009
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One after another, activists disrupt the Senate Finance Committee hearing by asking, "Why isn't single payer on the table?"
Originally at Politico.com
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.
May 7 2009
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Details still sketchy as deal nears to insure every child and 100,000 adults

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.

Apr 30 2009
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Cost saving measures come first while harder decisions are left for next legislature

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.

Apr 30 2009
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Colorado expects to draw down $600 million in federal matching funds
April 30, 2009 -- If Oregon lawmakers are successful in imposing a hospital tax to draw down federal stimulus money, they won’t be able to pride themselves on being first. The new tax would expand the Oregon Health Plan to cover another 180,000 children and adults.
Apr 30 2009
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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.

Apr 30 2009
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The best way to get half the pie is to ask for the whole pie
Originally at Politico.com
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.
Apr 28 2009
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A lottery system created to decide who receives insurance through the Oregon Health Plan is offering researchers a rare chance to study the benefits of health coverage.
Originally in The Oregonian
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.
Apr 27 2009
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Regence, which has insured state employees for 20 years, acknowledges losing the heart of its business

April 23, 2009 -- Regence BlueCross BlueShield has suffered a major defeat, losing a statewide contract worth millions of dollars to Providence Health Plans.

Apr 23 2009

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