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PacificSource vies for statewide coverage

October 1, 2009 -- Only one health insurer has stepped up to the plate to capture the statewide contract for the Healthy Kids program -- PacificSource Health Plans – while five other insurers are vying for regional contracts.

Oct 1 2009

October 1, 2009 -- Katherine Keene has been hired by Capitol Manor, a retirement community in Salem, as its executive director. Most recently she chaired Salem Hospital’s board of directors.  

In 2003, Keene resigned as president and CEO of SAIF Corp., after an 11-year stint.  Her resignation came after news reports revealed that Keene had spent more than $1.1 million on a lobbying contract with former Governor Neil Goldschmidt’s consulting firm from 1996 through 2003. Keene earned $295,000 in 2003.

 

Oct 1 2009
The Lund Report

October 1, 2009 -- Following a nationwide search, Richard Harris has been chosen as the permanent director of Oregon’s Addictions and Mental Health Division. He spent the past 12 months as interim director.

Oct 1 2009
The Lund Report
A Vancouver startup wants to help people navigate the complicated healthcare system

October 1, 2009 -- Across the country families are paying more and getting less each year as they shoulder an ever growing share of healthcare costs rising three times faster than their paychecks, according to a new study from Families USA (Sept., 2009).  

Oct 1 2009
The Lund Report
If Sen. Wyden supported the public option why did it take so long to be clear?

WASHINGTON, DC October 1, 2009 -- Senator Ron Wyden pleased many advocates of healthcare reform when he voted for two amendments that would have put a public option into the reform bill before the Senate Finance Committee.

Oct 1 2009
The Lund Report
A vote on Sen. Ron Wyden's Free Choice Amendment expected soon

Originally at StatesmanJournal.com
September 30, 2009 -- Sen. Ron Wyden on Tuesday voted in support of a public health insurance option to compete with the private market as the key committee he sits on shot down the measure twice.

The public-option legislation was imperfect, the senior Democratic senator from Oregon said, and he had wrestled with it for months as the Senate struggled with its still-evolving health care reform legislation.

Sep 30 2009
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Sen. Schumer introduces amendment for up or down vote, advocates make one last blitz at Wyden

From NBC's Ken Strickland
September 25, 2009 -- The Senate Finance Committee says the panel will not get to the matter of a public option debate today.

Democratic Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Chuck Schumer yesterday said they were planning to introduce amendments on the so-called public option, and they would take place today.

Sep 24 2009
Portland BizJrnl
Faced with declining enrollment, Regence cuts back on benefits and pensions to its employees

September 24, 2009 -- Faced with declining revenues, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is trimming back its employee retirement fund. Starting Dec. 31, employees will no longer earn pension dollars, and the plan will be closed to new employees, according to a memo sent by Mark Stimpson, vice president of human resources, on Sept. 22. 

Sep 24 2009
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Performance and complexity drive our healthcare system, not money or malpractice lawsuits

September 24, 2009 -- The way physicians perform their work is as important as Congressional legislation to reform our system, according to Dr. Atul  Gawande, who captivated a packed crowd at the Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday night. And according to Gawande, Portland already leads the nation when it comes to end-of-life care. 

Sep 24 2009
The Lund Report
Diabetes care beats national average, but chlamydia screenings fall below

September 24, 2009 -- Across Oregon, there are dangerous gaps between the health care that people should receive and the care they actually receive. That’s among the findings in a report released today by a non-profit health group on the quality of primary care in Oregon.

Sep 24 2009

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