Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.)
Put on the spot at a Congressional hearing, health insurers defend policies that target the sickest

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June 17, 2009 -- Executives of three of the nation's largest health insurers told federal lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that they would continue canceling medical coverage for some sick policyholders, despite withering criticism from Republican and Democratic members of Congress who decried the practice as unfair and abusive.

Jun 22 2009
Surgeons don't want to admit they perform too many, but that's about all it can be

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June 18, 2009 -- Oregon has long been a darling of those who look at health costs. In most measures, the state, including Central Oregon, shows remarkable restraint, turning in some of the lowest costs in the nation.

Jun 18 2009
A bill to track prescriptions of controlled substances faces heated opposition from the ACLU as it has in past sessions

June 17, 2009 -- People addicted to pain medications know the ropes. They go from one doctor to the next and end up with multiple prescriptions for such painkillers as Oxycodone or Vicodon.

Jun 17 2009
Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley
Reformers and drug companies team up to praise Oregon senators in the lead up to a Congressional health reform bill

June 17, 2009 -- Strange bedfellows. That’s how Ron Pollack describes his recent collaboration with the pharmaceutical trade group, better known as the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America.

Jun 17 2009
A bill to give psychologists the right to prescribe prescription drugs requires a work group to iron out differences

June 17, 2009 --Psychologists took a step forward in their ability to prescribe drugs on Monday (June 15) when the House agreed to set up a work group to iron out differences with the psychiatric community (House Bill 2702).

Jun 17 2009
Roey Thorpe

June 17, 2009 -- Roey Thorpe, who led one of the state’s largest gay rights group known as Basic Rights Oregon, has been chosen to lead Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, the political arm of two Planned Parenthood organizations – Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette and Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon. 

Jun 17 2009
UofO researchers compared patients receiving standard disease management to a more tailored approach
June 17, 2009 -- People with chronic health conditions who receive coaching tailored to their level of health activities showed significant improvements in clinical outcomes, and experienced fewer hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room than those coached using traditional methods, according to a study published in the June issue of The American Journal of Managed Care.
Jun 17 2009
Ken Provencher
Rumors swirl over who will succeed Regence of Oregon president Bart McMullan

June 16, 2009 -- Rumors have been circulating that Ken Provencher, president of PacificSource Health Plans, may be eyeing the job held by Dr. Bart McMullan, who retires as president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield on July 1.

Jun 16 2009
beer tap
It’s reality time in Salem on a beer tax to fund addiction services, police

June 16, 2009 -- The legislature could this week take up an increase in the beer tax, as proposed in House Bill 2461. Emphasis on the word could. 

Jun 16 2009
Sen. Ron Wyden
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden is luke warm for Obama's plan with a public option.

Originally at Portland Mercury
June 11, 2009 -- President Barack Obama may be facing tacit opposition to his planned health care reform over the coming months from an unlikely source: Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden.

Jun 16 2009